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May 20, 2013
New TB Lab Accredited in Tanzania

U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania Alfonso E. Lenhardt recently visited MHRP’s site, Walter Reed Program-Tanzania, to inaugurate a new specialized Tuberculosis (TB) laboratory at the Mbeya Referral Hospital (MRH). This is the second laboratory in the country of this kind.

TB remains a major global health problem. Thousands of Tanzanians are affected by tuberculosis each year and it ranks as...

May 17, 2013
Moving Forward this HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

A Statement from MHRP Director, Col. Nelson Michael

“It will take 10 years.” That is what researchers usually say when asked how much longer it will take to develop a safe and effective HIV vaccine.

Some of the world’s brightest minds have been on this quest for 30 years, yet we still do not have an HIV vaccine to use today. Recent clinical trials, such as the HVTN 505 study that...

May 3, 2013
MHRP Director receives the Hero of Military Medicine Award for the U.S. Army

Award Honors Col. Michael's Excellence as an HIV Researcher and Leader in Global Health

Dr. Michael’s career has focused on developing an effective HIV vaccine to protect U.S. and Allied Armed Services and reduce the global impact of the disease. MHRP’s international research program has six clinical research sites in the U.S., Africa and Asia, where it conducts HIV cohort studies, HIV...

April 18, 2013
Duke and MHRP Win Award for Best Academic Research Team

A research team led by the Duke Vaccine Research Center and Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) won the “Best Academic Research Team” award at the 6th Vaccine Industry Excellence (ViE) Awards ceremony at the World Vaccine Congress held in Washington on April 17. LTC Robert O'Connell, Product Manager for HIV Vaccines for the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, accepted...

April 8, 2013
Study finds low ART treatment costs and good retention at clinics in Kenya

Results can help inform resource allocation and budget decisions at the program level

The annual cost of providing antiretroviral therapy (ART) to HIV-infected patients in Kenya averaged $224, or less than $20 per month. A paper in the Journal of the International AIDS Society provides the first published estimate of the cost of ART treatment programs in Kenya—which is lower than what...

March 7, 2013
CROI 2013 Wrap-up

The annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) concluded on March 6 in Atlanta. This scientifically-focused meeting attracts more than 4,000 of the world’s leading researchers working to understand, prevent, and treat HIV/AIDS and its complications. There are two MHRP presentations to note. The first study, SEARCH/RV254, was conducted in Thailand and involved 68...

February 25, 2013
Large Multinational HIV Cohort Study Begins in Africa

The U.S. Military HIV Research Program (MHRP) has initiated a large, long-term cohort study at multiple African sites that will evaluate HIV prevention, care and treatment services it supports through local facilities, funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Named the African Cohort Study (AFRICOS), the study—the first of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa—is taking...

February 22, 2013
$6.3 M Awarded for the Production of an HIV-1 Subtype C gp145 Env Candidate Vaccine Developed by MHRP Scientists

Following a recent investment from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a novel HIV vaccine candidate developed by MHRP scientists in collaboration with Advanced BioScience laboratories will be produced for potential use in clinical studies.

The move to further test the new protein boost vaccine candidate—a subtype C gp145 Env subunit vaccine—came about...

February 20, 2013
HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment Open House Draws Thousands to Tanzania's Southern Highlands

Nearly half of participants receive HIV testing and counseling at the event

A team of officers from more than 50 Tanzania People's Defense Forces (TPDF) program sites convened in Mbeya, Tanzania in February to participate in a quarterly workshop and open house event that brings 2,000 people, military and civilian, together to learn about HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment services...

February 4, 2013
Making HIV Services More Accessible: MUWRP Refurbishes a Health Centre for the People of Koome Island

Residents of Koome Island in Uganda have cause to smile after Makerere University Walter Reed Project (MUWRP), supported by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, handed over a newly refurbished health centre to the local district authorities on January 23, 2013. Koome comprises 16 smaller islands and is located in Lake Victoria.

Before renovations, the Koome Health Centre III—...