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IAVI Awarded Grants to Expedite AIDS Vaccine Development

October 3, 2016

The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) has recently been awarded two new grants by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to expedite the development of promising AIDS vaccine candidates and other new biomedical HIV prevention tools. The grants provide for funding in an amount of almost US$60M over three and a half years.

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New HIV-Mimicking Particles That Trigger Immune Response Could Advance AIDS Vaccine Design

May 19, 2016

Call it a sheep in wolf's clothing. Researchers with the International Aids Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) and The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have built tiny particles that resemble HIV on their outside and used them to provoke an immune response in animals. Their work, which was published today in the journal Cell Reports, could advance the design of an effective AIDS vaccine.

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Insights into the Development of Antibodies That Target a Large Portion of HIV Strains Could Advance Vaccine Design

May 17, 2016

A sub-Saharan African donor's blood has yielded remarkable finds that could be crucial in the search for an AIDS vaccine. An infected donor's immune system naturally made potent antibodies, which lab tests showed could effectively recognize and neutralize about 50 percent of all HIV-1 strains circulating around the world. HIV-1 is the most widespread HIV type globally. Researchers managed to observe and understand the process of how the immune system developed these antibodies.

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