Two new experimental vaccines protect mice against the Zika virus, a study out Tuesday shows.
Researchers from governments, academic labs, and biopharma companies have been rushing to develop Zika vaccines since global health experts started warningabout the previously unknown dangers wrought by the mosquito-borne virus, including serious birth defects. Just last week, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first human testing of a Zika vaccine candidate from the company Inovio Pharmaceuticals. Read More
BIDMC, OHSU to Lead Consortium Exploring Vaccine Candidate and Cure Strategies
BOSTON - With $42 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health, scientists from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) will lead a five-year research initiative to advance efforts to cure and prevent HIV/AIDS. Dan Barouch, MD, PhD, Director of the Center for Virology and Vaccine Research at BIDMC, and Louis Picker, MD, Assistant Director of the OHSU Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute, will lead a consortium of researchers from across the country exploring the mechanisms behind promising new HIV vaccine candidates and potential cure strategies. Read More
BOSTON – New research in monkeys exposed to SIV, the animal equivalent of HIV, reveals what happens in the very earliest stages of infection, before virus is even detectable in the blood, which is a critical but difficult period to study in humans. The findings, published online today in the journal Cell, have important implications for vaccine development and other strategies to prevent infection. Read More