The Center for Virology and Vaccine Research (CVVR) at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center aims to promote research and education activities related to virology, vaccinology, and related disciplines, including basic, translational, and clinical vaccine research. The Center consists of primary and affiliate faculty and focuses on the development of vaccines against infectious, oncologic, degenerative, and other diseases.
The mission of the CVVR Clinical Trials Unit is the development of novel preventive and therapeutic approaches to viral illnesses such as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Zika Virus and COVID-19.
Flow Cytometry Core
The Flow Cytometry Core facility provides equipment, and consultation and data analysis services by dedicated personnel to both in-house and outside researchers. Areas of expertise include non-human primate (NHP) and infectious disease research. The Flow Cytometry Core is committed to providing the latest software and equipment to better assist peer researchers. The Flow Cytometry Core facility is affiliated with Harvard University and is supported by the NIH Center for AIDS Research (CFAR).
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Harvard Catalyst Clinical Research Center
The Harvard Catalyst Clinical Research Center (CRC) is a core facility provided to all Beth Isreal Deaconess Medical Center investigators as well as affiliated Harvard faculty for the conduct of clinical trials. The CRC provides contiguous space for inpatient, outpatient, and administrative support activities and is located at BIDMC. CRC staff includes nurses, dieticians, a laboratory assistant, and a unit coordinator. The unit is open for patient activity 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
HIV-1 Neutralizing Antibody Core
The HIV-1 Neutralizing Antibody Core provides in vitro HIV-1 neutralizing antibody assay services to BIDMC and the external research community. The core is GCLP-compliant; it serves as a resource for assessing the breadth and potency of HIV-1 neutralizing antibodies, and for characterizing the neutralization phenotype of HIV-1 isolates.
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In addition to material and technical support, the Center for Virology and Vaccine Research offers a rich intellectual environment for early stage investigators and students. CVVR hosts weekly meetings for its postdoctoral fellows and graduate students to discuss ongoing work, as well as bi-monthly journal club lunches and weekly CVVR seminars with invited speakers. All postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty are encouraged to submit abstracts and to attend conferences and other professional meetings.
The Young Investigator Committee identifies critical issues affecting young and early career investigators working within CVVR. The Committee connects junior faculty, senior postdoctoral fellows, and other researchers with the goal of building fruitful collaborations, finding solutions to the challenges in research, and developing careers.