Tag Archives: NIAID

AIDS 2014: HIV and tuberculosis are one disease in Southern Africa

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Science Speaks is live-blogging from AIDS 2014 in Melbourne, Australia through the coming week, with updates on research, policy and insights from the 20th International AIDS Conference. MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – “We must ensure that the worlds of HIV and TB focus on individual human beings instead of individual diseases” This message headlined remarks from Mark […]

AIDS vaccine update: With Thai trial, broadly neutralizing antibodies, new technologies and monkeys that met the SIV challenge, “we’re closer than ever”

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NIH AIDS Vaccine Research Program Director: “The future of HIV-1 Vaccines is bright.” In 1997, scientists announced the birth of Dolly the cloned sheep, a computer named Deep Blue beat reigning chess champion Gary Kasparov, and the Hubble telescope brought the far reaches of outer space closer. President Bill Clinton pointed to all of these […]

Fauci: HIV imaging yields “significant advance” in vaccine inquiry

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For 15 years scientists have worked to get a clear enough picture of how the protein surrounding the virus that leads to AIDS interacts with antibodies, to guide the development of a vaccine that would instigate an effective immune response. For years, the delicate and complicated structure of that protein has made that difficult, and […]

Study yields clues on HIV strains with “evolutionary advantage” that can guide vaccine development

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While the virus that leads to AIDS has long been recognized to be “sloppy” in its replication, changing over time into divergent strains,  a National Institutes of Health-funded study recently found the virus that a person transmits tends to continue to look like the virus that originally infected that person. The study, significant for the […]

Sustainable HIV prevention possibilities present choices, challenges

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When he looks at what biomedical science can do in the next decade to prevent HIV transmission, Jim Turpin of the National Institutes of Health said, he thinks of the lyrics of a Timbuk3 song: “The future’s so bright I gotta wear shades.” By, which, actually, he means — don’t get blinded by the light; […]

Dr. Fauci on innovative HIV vaccine initiative awards: “There are fundamental questions that remain unanswered”

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Researchers at 14 institutions will explore new approaches to designing a vaccine against HIV with awards that are part of an anticipated four-year, $34.8 million initiative, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases announced today. The awards reflect directions suggested by previous research, as well as the need to explore new avenues toward a […]

Enhanced NIH Funding Vital For Success in Battle Against AIDS

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If there’s any question about the value of U.S. investments in scientific research on HIV/AIDS, Anthony Fauci probably put it to rest today by noting that in the period since HIV first emerged, “we went from a 26-week lifespan to a 40-year-plus life span” for those infected with the virus. Talk about measureable outcomes. That […]

NIAID’s Fauci on Tuberculosis: “We have much catching up to do”

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, delivered a forceful message on the need for a “storm” of attention and resources devoted to developing new TB treatment and prevention efforts. “It is imperative that we transform the way we diagnose, treat, prevent, and control TB — through biomedical research and […]

A Timely Reminder of Fauci's Call for a Transformative TB Research Agenda

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What will come of Anthony Fauci’s call for a “transformative” research agenda for tuberculosis, in which doctors and scientists get new resources and support in the search for better drugs and diagnostics to combat this ancient scourge? Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, delivered that appeal for a more aggressive approach […]

TB, A Global Threat That Requires New Vision, Strong Leadership

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During a live interactive webcast today hosted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, an expert panel agreed that tuberculosis poses a grave global health threat and demands an innovative, multifaceted response—from new drugs to scaled-up treatment to better infection control. The lively forum, available here, highlighted the need for an aggressive approach to the global tuberculosis […]