The other Filipino in Time's 100 most influential

President Benigno Aquino III was the easiest Filipino to spot in Time Magazine's latest list of the world's 100 most influential people.

But there was one other Filipino in the highly celebrated list, lauded for her work that led to a breakthrough in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) treatment.

Katherine Luzuriaga, who was born to a Filipino father, was among the three female doctors acknowledged for the first "functional cure" in an HIV-infected baby.

Luzuriaga, a professor of pediatrics and medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, headed laboratory investigators on the discovery.

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The cured baby was born to an HIV-infected mother and received treatment beginning 30 hours after birth.

Series of tests showed decreasing HIV presence in the infant's blood until it became undetectale 39 days after birth.

This is seen as a "functional cure" which meant that the baby need not undergo anti-retroviral medication for a lifetime, unlike most HIV patients.

Also in the Time 100 was the report's lead author, John Hopkins Children's Center virologist Deborah Persaud, and University of Mussissippi Medical Center associate professor of pediatrics Hannah Gay, who administered treatment to the baby.

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"We are honored and humbled that our work has been considered influential," Luzuriaga was quoted in the University of Massachusetts Medical School website as saying.

"Our hope is that this will help to communicate the power and potential of scientific investigation for optimizing health outcomes for children," she added.

Luzuriaga meanwhile cited the contribution of "the strong scientific community here at UMass Medical School" as well as the work of her colleagues across the globe.

"Together, we are committed to eradicating pediatric HIV infection and improving child health globally," the Pinay doctor said.

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Now on its tenth year, the Time 100 honors people who are "being innovative" and "making a difference," the magazine's executive editor Radhika Jones said.

Luzuriaga, Gay and Persaud have been categorized as "pioneers" in the list which was published online April 18 and hit the newstands the next day.

Others under the "pioneers" category were Yahoo! chief executive Marissa Mayer, economist Andrew Sheng and environmentalist Mary Nichols, among others.

Luzuriaga was joined in the Time 100 by Aquino, who was under the "leaders" list with U.S. President Barack Obama, Pope Francis and North Korea Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un.

Other categories in the 100 Most Influential People in the World were titans, icons and artists.

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