Categorized as: Vaccine

MHRP the U.S. Army medicine leads infectious disease and HIV vaccine research


In 2004, U.S. Army Col. Jerome Kim, an infectious disease physician, flew to Bangkok to oversee a massive HIV vaccine study. It was the opportunity of a lifetime—and the stakes were high. If successful, it could be the first vaccine to show even moderate protection against HIV infection—a critical milestone in the fight against HIV. Sponsored by the U.S. Army in partnership with the government of Thailand, the Phase III clinical trial known as RV144 followed 16,000 Thai volunteers. The…

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Research for Prevention conference opens with real hope for an HIV vaccine


“There’s only one Berlin Patient still. But by this time next year he will at least be joined by 40-50 Portland monkeys.” This was vaccine researcher Louis Picker, summarizing in quotable form why the outlook for the development of an effective HIV vaccine is brighter than it has been for years, in a satellite session in advance of the HIV Research for Prevention conference (R4P) in Cape Town, South Africa, which opens fully today. Picker was speaking about his research…

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HIV Vaccine: Scientists Push For Access Over Profit

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As the world inches closer to the discovery of a vaccine for HIV, experts at the ongoing 2014 AIDS conference in Melbourne, Australia, have promised to push for access over profit and provide a hedge against the “economic agenda” of pharmaceuticals that mainly impact developing countries. Wayne Koff, senior vice president and chief scientific officer, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, who described vaccines as the only way to end the HIV epidemic, said the community of scientists working on the HIV…

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