Personal HistoryCharles E. Davis, Jr., MD, is an associate professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and clinical research unit director at the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute.
Dr. Davis has focused his medical career and research on infectious diseases, particularly HIV. Prior to his affiliation with the university and the institute, Dr. Davis spent 20 years in the United States Army where he served as chief of Infectious Disease and Infection Control at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, and chief of Infection Control at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. In 1988, he received the El Paso Mayor's Award for his work with HIV. Additionally, he was a principal investigator for five years in the HIV Immunotherapy Research Program at the Wilford Hall Air Force Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Davis currently manages the clinical research unit at the Institute of Human Virology. His research interests include immunotherapy for the treatment of HIV, cell-cycle modification to control HIV replication and as an adjunct to augment the activity of nucleoside analogues in the treatment of HIV, and complementary therapy for HIV treatment. His current clinical trials include Phase I/II evaluation of potential vaccine candidates for HIV immunotherapy and Phase I clinical trials of a natural product found in the skin of red grapes, which augments the suppressive activity of HIV-1 in vitro.
Dr. Davis has authored four book chapters and more than a dozen articles, focusing on HIV as well as other infectious diseases. In August 2002, he was awarded a patent for Resveratrol as an antiviral potentiator.
Dr. Davis began his studies at Virginia State University and received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in 1978. His medical internship, residency and fellowship were all completed while serving in the U.S. Army, where he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal three times.
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