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AIDS Vaccine 2010

at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center

Biography - Dr. Harriet Robinson

Image of Dr. Robinson Dr. Harriet L. Robinson, Senior Vice President for Research and Development at GeoVax Inc., a biotech company specializing in the development of HIV/AIDS vaccines, has a multi-protein clade B DNA/MVA vaccine in phase 2a clinical trials through the US HIV vaccine Trials Network (HVTN). The vaccine was developed in Dr. Robinson's former laboratory at the Emory Vaccine Center in collaboration with Dr. Bernard Moss's laboratory at the US NIH and researchers at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The vaccine DNA is used to prime the immune response and the recombinant MVA to boost the immune responses. The recombinant MVA can also be used to prime and boost the immune response. Dr. Robinson co-founded GeoVax, which licensed the vaccine, to facilitate taking the vaccine from the research laboratory to clinical use.

Dr. Robinson, former Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Emory University and Chief of the Division of Microbiology and Immunology at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, is internationally recognized for her work on HIV/AIDS vaccines, her pioneering studies on the use of recombinant DNA for vaccination and her seminal studies on insertional mutagenesis and oncogene transduction in retroviral induced cancers. She received her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her post doctoral training at the Virus Laboratory, University of California Berkeley. Dr. Robinson is active on several Editorial Boards and has consulted for the US NIH, the US Food and Drug Administration, the World Health Organization, and the Gates Foundation.