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Hurricane Maria - Support to Puerto Rican Victims

November 2017
Rutger and Starfish have donated some autographed items to Jake of the U.S.-based organization 'DiscussingFilm'.
These items will be used by 'DiscussingFilm' for a charity raffle to be held around late November that is aimed at comic book and film fans to help raise money for 'The Hispanic Federation Hurricane Relief Fund', based in Puerto Rico.
The devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico is unprecedented in the island’s modern history and all proceeds from this raffle will help hurricane victims as well as recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.

Rutger Reads 'I Give up' by Izzy Dix

November 2017

"Parents need to know and talk to their children about this. Rutger"
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New Board of Advisors Member

Sunday, July 19, 2015.
Sarah J. Murray, a long-long-time Starfish's supporter, has joined Starfish's Board of Advisors/Scientific Committee.

She brings to the Board a wide and multi-faceted expertise in Chemical Research and in Science Communication.

Welcome, Sarah!

Rutger at the Zeitgeist Media Festival

Sunday, August 5, 2012.
Rutger speaks about AIDS at the Zeitgeist Media Festival at Hollywood's Avalon Hotel.
Zeitgeist Media Festival joins a synchronized network of socially conscious events going on globally, uniting the world in collective social consciousness.

All details and info on the festival's website

Don't miss this special event!

AIDS as a Slow Onset Disaster - 2007

Rutger and his organization are working at International Agencies and Governments levels to have AIDS treated as a 'Slow Onset Disaster'.

More information about this initiative can be found on this page.

Starfish Scientific Committee

We are pleased to announce that Starfish, in its efforts to help HIV-stricken children and pregnant women, now can count on a Scientific Committee/Board of Advisors.

Its first member is Dr. Franco Lori. Dr. Lori’s professional experience includes many different areas within the biotechnology industry. He is the Founder of Georgetown University’s RIGHT (Research Institute for Genetic and Human Therapy) Institute and has extensive experience in research, virology and medicine.

Dr. Lori discovered that hydroxyurea can inhibit the growth of HIV and designed pilot clinic studies to prove its efficacy. Presently, Dr. Lori and his medical staff are entering a major human trials phase of their topical DNA vaccine called "DermaVir" ™. This therapeutic vaccine for patients already infected with HIV is applied as a skin patch. This patch is impregnated with a sugar solution containing HIV genetic material. Hair-thin needles underneath penetrate the skin and transport the vaccine to where it can do its work of suppressing the further development of chronic viral infections by reducing their viral load. This vaccine induces T-cell immunity and has proved to be very successful on tests performed on monkeys. In August, DermaVir ™ has been elected "Molecule of the Month" by the 2002 FDA Science Forum.

Dr. Lori and his staff are donating their time and skills to be of any possible assistance to Starfish with focused interventions, by giving advice, guidelines, suggestions and know-how contacts in all the HIV/AIDS-related areas where this help is utmostly deemed necessary.


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