Dr. Louie Mar Gangcuangco is an HIV and microbiology researcher, best-selling novelist, and one of the youngest licensed physicians from the Philippines. He is the author of the multi-awarded Filipino novel “Orosa-Nakpil, Malate,” which has been critically-acclaimed for promoting HIV and AIDS awareness. In 2010, he headed one of the largest HIV testing projects among men having sex with men in Metro Manila. The findings were presented at the XVIII International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria and was published at the Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health. The study entitled, "Prevalence and risk factors for HIV infection among men having sex with men in Metro Manila, Philippines," stirred national debate and attracted media attention because of the high HIV prevalence rate found among the participants. In December 2011, he left his positions as faculty member of the San Beda College of Medicine and the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health in Manila to pursue HIV research fellowship at the Nagasaki Institute of Tropical Medicine. He then worked as a clinical research associate for the Hawaii Center for AIDS-University of Hawai’i. His research projects are focused on the cardio-metabolic complications of HIV and aging, neuro-cognitive dysfunction, and inflammation. His research on antimicrobial resistance in Escherichia coli helped shape the guidelines on antibiotic therapy of uncomplicated urinary tract infection in the Philippines. He has also published manuscripts on Raoultella planticola and multi-drug resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Yale New Haven Health-Bridgeport Hospital in 2015. He is an associate member of the Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, International AIDS Society, American Society for Microbiology, and the American College of Physicians.
HIV, AIDS, Multi-drug resistant organisms, antimicrobial resistance, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeuruginosa