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NIAID Statement on National Black HIV/AIDS - February 1, 2010

In commemoration of the 10th annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on February 7, 2010, Dr. Anthony S.

Report on the CAVI/IAVI China AIDS Vaccine Network Meeting - January 21, 2010

IAVI, in partnership with the recently established China AIDS Vaccine Initiative (CAVI) held the fourth annual AIDS vaccine network meeting in China on November 9 -10, 2009. The meeting was organized by the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (CAMS) in Beijing and brought together a diverse audience of nearly 100 Chinese and international scientists, representatives from biotech and bio- pharmaceutical companies, funders and AIDS experts.  For more information on the meeting, see below attachment.

The ANRS Announces New Round of Funding: Request for Applications - January 21, 2010

The ANRS announced a new round of funding from January 15 - March 15, 2010 to support research projects and grants in the field of HIV / AIDS and viral hepatitis.  To submit applications and for additional details, please visit: http://www.anrs.fr/L-ANRS-finance/Appels-d-offres.  

African Networks Launch to Boost Clinical Trial Capacity - January 13, 2010

The January 2010 issue of Nature Medicine highlights the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP)—a partnership between 47 sub-Saharan African countries and 14 European Union member states plus Norway and Switzerland.  The articles notes that the EDCTP-funded Networks of Excellence for Western, Eastern, Central and Southern Africa all have their contracts signed, which means that every sub-Saharan African region has its own network for enhancing the infrastructur

Collaboration for AIDS Vaccine Discovery Recognizes Yongjun Guan and Alexandre Harari for their Contributions to HIV Vaccine Research - January 4, 2010

To support the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise’s efforts to raise the visibility and participation in the HIV vaccine field of Young and Early Career Investigators, the CAVD recognizes the young or early career investigators who have made significant contributions to research conducted within the CAVD. The January 2010 honorees include Dr. Yongjun Guan from Dr. Robert Gallo’s Vaccine Discovery Consortium and Dr. Alexandre Harari from Dr. Richard Koup’s T cell Vaccine Immune Monitoring Consortium.

Uganda Institute to Host the African AIDS Vaccine Programme (AAVP) - December 14, 2009

The Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) based in Entebbe, Uganda was recommended to host the Secretariat of the African AIDS Vaccine Programme (AAVP), an initiative to support a coordinated international effort to promote the development of and future access to HIV vaccines suitable for use in Africa. The AAVP Secretariat has been based in Geneva, Switzerland since 2000. A transition of AAVP to a fully functional African programme began more than a year ago and should be complete by the first quarter of 2010.

IAVI Statement in Response to MDP 301 Phase III Trial of a Vaginal Microbicide - December 14, 2009

The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative released a statement congratulating the partners involved in the MDP 301 Phase III clinical trial of a vaginal microbicide on the successful conduct of the largest microbicide trial completed to date. IAVI said the trial itself provided other achievements that will help advance microbicide development and HIV prevention research generally. Please see the below attachment for the full statement.

Major Study Finds Anti-HIV Gel Ineffective Among Women (NIAID Statement) - December 14, 2009

According to a NIAID statement, an investigational vaginal gel that had demonstrated in earlier testing some potential for inhibiting male-to-female sexual transmission of HIV was ineffective when tested in a larger clinical trial. Please see the below attachment for the full statement.

AVAC Says MDP 301 Microbicide Trial Results Disappointing, But Researchers and 9,400 Trial Volunteers Deserve Praise for Successful Trial - December 14, 2009

The Microbicides Development Programme announced that its MDP 301 effectiveness trial, which was conducted among almost 9,400 women in four African countries, found no evidence that the PRO 2000 microbicide reduces the risk of HIV infection.

PBS Releases Special World AIDS Day Episode Featuring Segment on Vaccine Trials - December 7, 2009

IN THE LIFE, a public television documentary series, released a special World AIDS Day episode entitled "Creating Solutions." This episode includes a special segment on the search for an AIDS vaccine. It features interviews with Anthony Fauci and Gary Nabel from the NIH; Sarah Schlesinger from Rockefeller University and Mitchell Warren of AVAC. If you live in the US, visit the following link to find out when the episode will air on your local station: http://www.inthelifetv.org/html/schedule.shtml.

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