Our Founders & Team

Dave Purdy is Founder and CEO of the World AIDS Institute and Co-Founder of the Timothy Ray Brown Foundation for an AIDS Cure. Dave has dedicated the past 25 years to the education and de-stigmatization of AIDS and to create an acute awareness of this growing problem facing the globe. Successfully battling his own fight with HIV, Dave continues to champion for new science and technology that can one day lead to the eradication of this disease. In 1988 Purdy moved to Los Angeles, CA where he began his formal work in HIV and AIDS. Prior to 1988 Dave managed professional athletes in Dallas, Denver and Los Angeles and worked at Edelman Public Relations. In 1989 Dave is credited with co-developing the first ever successful treatment for AIDS related Wasting Syndrome- a disease that has killed millions worldwide. As lead researcher he managed and led the global campaign to influence the acceptance of hormone therapies like anabolic steroids and growth hormone as treatment for AIDS-Wasting Syndrome. Hormone testing and treatment is now standard of care for patients living with HIV. In 1993 in New York City, Dave co-founded NUMEDX: HIV and Hepatitis medical journals. From 1994 thru 2004 NUMEDX was the most widely circulated HIV and Hepatitis related medical journals with total estimated readership of over a half million. Dave has consulted with U.S. and Global AIDS Service Organizations, Local, State and Federal Governments, Pharmaceutical, Nutraceutical and Diagnostic Corporations. In 2008 Dave moved to Washington DC and then headed and expedition throughout Africa to create a pilot program for a Mobile Off-Road Clinic called MORC. In 2011, Dave helped launch the World AIDS Institute and a year later, the Timothy Ray Brown Foundation for an AIDS Cure.

Contact:  dpurdy@worldaidsinstitute.org


chad johnson

Chad Johnson is Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of the World AIDS Institute and Timothy Ray Brown Foundation for an AIDS Cure. During the past 22 years, Chad worked in a variety of capacities, including work for not-for-profit, political, and legal organizations, to promote social justice. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Johnson served as a federal law clerk and later as an attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLC. Chad served as Co-chair of the Board of Directors of Service members Legal Defense Network (SLDN); acted as national general counsel for the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), and AIDS PAC. In the 1990s, he volunteered at the Legal Aid Society of D.C. and the Whitman-Walker Clinic, Washington D.C.. Johnson served as the Deputy National Director for business leader outreach and deputy national Director for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) issues for the presidential campaign of Vice President Al Gore. Chad was the Executive Director of the national LGBT Democrats organization, National Stonewall Democrats.

Contact:  cjohnson@worldaidsinstitute.org




Timothy Ray Brown is Founder of the Timothy Ray Brown Foundation for an AIDS Cure and Co-Founder of the World AIDS Institute. Dubbed by the media “the Berlin Patient” he is the first person in the world cured of HIV. Timothy’s story — arguably one of the most fascinating and followed in the realm of HIV research — began in 1995 when he was diagnosed with HIV while attending school in Berlin. For the next 11 years, doctors treated him with anti-retroviral therapy. In 2006, however, Timothy was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia — and underwent chemotherapy. While the first round of treatment appeared to work, it also made him more susceptible to infections. Brown developed pneumonia early on in his treatment, and he battled sepsis halfway through his third round of chemo. His doctors realized they would have to try a different approach. His oncologist, Dr. Gero Huetter of the Charite Hospital in Berlin, opted to give Brown a stem cell transplant to treat his leukemia. But rather than choosing a matched donor, he used the stem cells of a donor he found who had what is known as a CCR5 mutation — a genetic mutation that makes cells immune to HIV. The transplant not only treated Brown’s leukemia but also eliminated HIV from his system. He was a living breathing example of an HIV Cure. Timothy has decided to become a leader in the search for an HIV Cure. The Timothy Ray Brown Foundation for an HIV Cure of the World AIDS Institute launched on July 24, 2012 during the XIX International AIDS conference in Washington, DC and is the first and only organization over the 32-year history of AIDS whose sole mission to find an AIDS Cure.

Contact:  tbrown@worldaidsinstitute.org

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