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November 30, 2011
Statement from the Military HIV Research Program on World AIDS Day 2011

December 1 marks the commemoration of World AIDS Day—a day to reflect on an epidemic that has affected millions of lives worldwide for three decades now and how far we’ve come towards an end. This year’s focus and theme is “Leading with Science, United for Action.”

We have entered a new era in the response to AIDS. Recent scientific achievements have brought us closer to eliminating...

November 30, 2011
Patients with Advanced HIV and Tuberculosis May Benefit from Starting Antiretroviral Therapy Early

A new study shows that starting antiretroviral therapy (ART) soon after beginning tuberculosis treatment can significantly reduce the onset of new AIDS-defining illness and death in those with advanced HIV. The research is published in the October 20, 2011 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. MHRP scientists in Kenya participated in the research and were co-authors of the publication...

November 30, 2011
Statement on World AIDS Day 2012

COL Nelson Michael, Director, MHRP

As we approach World AIDS Day, I am happy to report that we are accelerating progress against HIV on all fronts.  We are coming together now more than ever—countries, organizations, prevention tools, research disciplines, and government agencies—in an unprecedented effort to control the global HIV/AIDS pandemic.

A new UNAIDS report provides...

November 29, 2011
New Study Aims to Better Understand Hepatitis Infection in Deployed U.S. Forces

Little is known about the risk hepatitis poses to military personnel, especially through exposure to non-FDA approved blood products used in emergency battlefield situations (the emergency blood supply). MHRP investigators are participating in a new study that will help the military better understand how the infection affects members of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. 


November 22, 2011
COL Kim Provides Commentary for Series, "30 years in 30 weeks"

MHRP's COL Jerome Kim provided an interesting commentary in a series by the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise called "30 years in 30 weeks." COL Kim reflects on the RV144 trial and some of the challenges encountered on the road to success.

Read the full commentary

October 5, 2011
MHRP's Administrative Offices Have Moved

In September, MHRP's administrative staff moved from Rockville to Bethesda, MD. Sixty-five MHRP staff occupy the new LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-rated building at 6720A Rockledge Drive.

The new location places administrative staff in close proximity to the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine headquarters, located within the same...

September 29, 2011
MHRP in the News: September 2011

On September 13, 2011, COL Jerome Kim, MHRP, and Dr. Bart Haynes, Duke University, presented two plenary sessions at the AIDS Vaccine conference on the discovery work related to correlates studies on the RV144 trial. The following is a roundup of the subsequent media coverage of MHRP and/or the RV144-related correlates studies (headline, excerpt, and link to story):

AIDS vaccine hunt...

September 21, 2011
AIDS Vaccine Researchers Gather in Thailand for Annual Vaccine Conference

The world’s only conference dedicated to HIV vaccine research wrapped up last week in Bangkok. The AIDS Vaccine conference is the largest scientific gathering of top scientists, policy makers, community advocates and funders who focus exclusively on AIDS vaccine research. 

Two years after the results were announced at this conference, RV144 is still generating buzz among the scientific...

September 16, 2011
Follow-up Study to RV144 HIV Vaccine Trial Shows No Effect on Disease Progression in Infected Volunteers

A follow-up study to RV144, the HIV vaccine trial conducted in Thailand that showed a candidate vaccine regimen to be modestly effective in preventing HIV, indicates the vaccine regimen had no effect on disease progression in those volunteers who received vaccine before becoming HIV-infected. In this follow-up study, called RV152, researchers followed volunteers who became HIV infected during...

September 14, 2011
Walter Reed Program - Nigeria Celebrates the Opening of a New Office

In a ribbon cutting ceremony held September 1, 2011, the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Terrence McCulley officially declared the new Walter Reed Program – Nigeria (WRP-N) office open. 

In his remarks, McCulley congratulated WRP-N on recent achievements including the five star accreditation of the 445 Nigerian Air Force Hospital laboratory in Lagos. The Medical Lab Science Council of...