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December 6, 2013
World AIDS Day 2013


The Thailand ECHO clinic team represented AFRIMS Retrovirology in Pattaya's annual World AIDS Day parade, an event organized by the Pattaya city council. Pattaya is the hometown of the Thailand ECHO clinic and a Thai resort/vacation destination with a large population of MSM and transgender women working in the tourist and service industries with an ongoing high incidence of...

November 15, 2013
DoD Leadership Visits MHRP's Nigeria Research Site

Department of Defense Assistant Secretary for Health, Dr. Jonathan Woodson, paid a visit to MHRP’s site in Nigeria, the Walter Reed Program-Nigeria (WRP-N). While there, Assistant Secretary Woodson presided over the re-commissioning of two boreholes, which provide clean water to the community.

The boreholes, located in Tafa in Kaduna State, were originally constructed by WRP-N and...

November 1, 2013
PEPFAR's Impact After 10 Years

Launched in 2003, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is the largest effort by any nation to combat a single disease. PEPFAR, which began as an emergency response to AIDS in low-resource settings, is now focused on advancing the sustainability of the response. The program directly supports more than 5 million people on antiretroviral treatment—up from 1.7 million in...

October 24, 2013
Researchers Design Global HIV Vaccine that Shows Promise in Early Studies

The worldwide diversity of HIV poses a critical challenge for designing a globally-effective HIV vaccine. In a new study published October 24 in the journal Cell, a scientific team has shown that bioinformatically optimized HIV vaccine antigens known as “mosaic” antigens might be useful in the design of a global HIV vaccine.

“In this study, we show for the first time that...

October 2, 2013
New Study, RV306, Begins Screening in Thailand

This study is the second RV144 Follow-up Immunogenicity Study

MHRP initiated several follow-on clinical studies to conduct intensive immunogenicity research on the RV144 vaccine regimen that are funded by NIAID and the U.S. Army. The data from these studies are informing future clinical research by providing insights into the immune mechanisms generated by the RV144 regimen and the...

September 27, 2013
MHRP at AIDS Vaccine 2013

AIDS Vaccine, the annual scientific conference dedicated to AIDS vaccine research, will be held in Barcelona this October and will draw thousands of the best scientific minds in the field of HIV research. If you are attending, be sure to check out the MHRP presentations and RV144-related presentations by collaborating organizations. See the schedule below:

Tuesday, October 8


September 20, 2013
MHRP Profiles

Meet Dr. Francis Kiweewa: AFRICOS Site Investigator at the Makerere University Walter Reed Project, Uganda 

Dr. Francis Kiweewa is an experienced research physician who has a special interest in HIV and how it interacts with health systems. Dr. Kiweewa’s research has focused on the evaluation of HIV treatment options including regimens for first and second-line HIV treatment and the...

September 12, 2013
New Program in Tanzania Aims to Respond to and Reduce Gender Based Violence

The Southern Highlands region of Tanzania experiences one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the country. The epidemic in this area is fueled in part by a societal acceptance of gender-based violence, which limits a woman’s ability to negotiate safe sexual practices. In Mbeya specifically, more than 67% of women have experienced some form of partner violence, which is higher compared to...

August 29, 2013
Thai Government To Support HIV Vaccine Study

The Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Kingdom of Thailand announced their commitment to build on the success of the landmark RV144 Thai HIV vaccine study. The announcement was made at the AIDS Vaccine Efficacy Consortium (AVEC) Summit for an AIDS-Free Generation in Thailand on August 29, 2013.

An HIV vaccine efficacy trial conducted in Thailand...

June 19, 2013
MHRP Deputy Col. Jerome Kim Receives Award for Research Excellence

MHRP Principal Deputy Col. Jerome Kim has won the 2013 John Maher Award for Research Excellence from the Department of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University (USU). The award recognizes Col. Kim's role in the 2012 NEJM publication describing the analysis of immunological correlates from the RV144 trial, along with his contributions to the USU Department of Medicine, where he is a...