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January 4, 2012
Promising Results of Novel Combination HIV Vaccine

Results from a recent study show that novel vaccine combinations can provide partial protection against infection by Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV) in rhesus monkeys. In addition, in the animals that became infected, the optimal vaccine combinations also substantially reduced the amount of virus in the blood. Results from the studies were published online today in the journal Nature....

January 1, 2012
New Clinical Research Center and Comprehensive Care Center Open in Kericho

Two new facilities opened in Kericho, Kenya to support the area’s growing need for HIV care, treatment and research. The Kenya Medical Research Institute/Walter Reed Project (KEMRI/WRP) and the Kericho District Hospital/Ministry of Health (MoH) worked together to open a clinical research center and an HIV comprehensive care center reflecting the strong collaboration between the Kenyan and U.S...

December 30, 2011
MUWRP Provides Safe Male Circumcision at Uganda's Parliament Health Week

The parliamentary commission held its annual Parliament Health Week from December 5-8, 2011. This year’s theme encouraged living a healthy lifestyle and HIV/AIDS and cancer awareness. 

The Parliament of Uganda invited the Makerere University Walter Reed Project (MUWRP) to promote and provide Safe Male Circumcision (SMC) services to members of Parliament and staff during the health fair...

December 23, 2011
A Trip to Koome Island

Due to the good work being done by the Makerere University Walter Reed Project (MUWRP) PEPFAR program in Uganda's Kayunga district, a neighboring district, Koome subcounty, approached MUWRP about expanding its PEPFAR program into their district. In addition to the usual rural health care centers in this district, there are several fishing communities that also need HIV services. Although...

December 21, 2011
President's Bioethics Commmission Released Its Report on Human Subjects Protection

In its report concerning federally-sponsored research involving human volunteers, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues concluded that current rules and regulations provide adequate safeguards to mitigate risk. In its report, “Moral Science: Protecting Participants in Human Subjects Research," the Commission also recommended 14 changes to current practices to better...

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 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 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