Research initiatives/academic groups
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The New York-based Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center conducts basic research and clinical trials on HIV/AIDS, and is affiliated to The Rockefeller University. The website contains a brief fact sheet and a particularly clear graphical illustration of the stages of the HIV life cycle
. The Center has recently begun a phase I clinical trial
of an HIV vaccine that is particularly representative of the HIV strain most prevalent in China.
The African AIDS Vaccine Programme was conceived in June 2000 as a network of African experts, working together to promote and facilitate HIV vaccine research and evaluation in Africa. Sponsored by WHO-UNAIDS, its mission is to advocate and support a coordinated effort to contribute to the global HIV vaccine development goals, ensuring that appropriate and affordable vaccines are developed for Africa in the shortest possible time.
The Alliance for Microbicide Development brings together pharmaceutical companies, non-profit research institutions and advocacy groups dedicated to the development of topical microbicides. A major highlight of its website is the new Microbicides Research and Development Database
. This contains detailed information on the status of individual microbicide products, principle investigators and trial locations. (Free registration is needed for access, and some information is restricted). There is also an excellent weekly digest of news relating to microbicides reserach and development, and the Microbicide Quarterly
, which has meeting reports, interviews and expert-authored articles on all areas from basic research to clinical and regulatory issues.
This not-for-profit organisation works with the private and public sectors to develop and implement quality yet affordable diagnostic technologies for diseases prevalent in developing countries, including tuberculosis, malaria and sleeping sickness. It also aims to strengthen laboratories and scale up projects to improve new tool uptake in endemic regions. The website provides information about the organisation's programmes and partners, news and a resource centre with free access to documents such as reports and scientific articles.
The HIV Prevention Trials Network is an international network of scientists and clinical investigators engaged in developing non-vaccine methods of HIV prevention, including antiretroviral therapy, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, microbicides, sexual behavior, substance use, and controlling other sexually transmitted infections. Its website contains an excellent directory
with local and regional information on investigators and their trials.
The HIV Vaccine Trials Network is an international collaboration of scientists from more than 20 institutions worldwide developing and testing HIV vaccines in all phases of clinical trials. The website contains an excellent searchable database
of ongoing trials, background information and a media archive, and a summary of major issues discussed at the July 2004 International AIDS Conference in Bangkok
The Institute of Tropical Medicine provides training and research into tropical medicine and veterinary health care in developing countries. Its activities include studies on disease control and healthcare systems, education, clinical care, and support for governments and institutions involved in human and animal health. The website provides information about the institute's activities, including research in biomedical sciences, public health and clinical sciences. It also provides access to information about diagnostic supplies, and to resources such as blogs, networks and meetings about global health.
This website is hosted by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, United States, and provides information about the care and treatment of patients infected with HIV. The site has resources useful to a wide audience, including an extensive calendar
of international AIDS-related events and conferences.
The UK-based Microbicides Development Programme, funded by the UK Department International Development (DFID) are engaged in clinical trials of microbicides, in collaboration with a number of research partners in Africa. The website briefly describes the programme and its working groups, and provides contact details and links to research partners.
The Population Council is an international non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting biomedical, social sciences and public health research. Its work on HIV/AIDS includes research into the development of an effective microbicide
. Its site includes news, information and resources on a wide range of issues relating to HIV/AIDS.
A lead programme of the South Africa, Medical Research Council, SAAVI is committed to the research, development and testing of HIV/AIDS vaccines, working with national and international partners. Its website contains full descriptions of the scientific, clinical and ethical approaches being taken for the development of HIV vaccines tailored to local strains of HIV, including contact details of the researchers involved, funding and updates on progress.
The Contraceptive Research and Development Program of Eastern Virginia Medical School is dedicated to producing better and safer contraceptives for developing countries, to protect against the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. Its projects include the Bill and Melinda Gates-funded Global Microbicide Project, which funds pilot and major research projects, and the Consortium for Industrial Collaboration in Contraceptive Research (CICCR). The website contains limited information about its activities, and guidelines on how to apply for funds.
The Institute of Human Virology, in Maryland, United States, is a multidisciplinary research institute dedicated to finding new treatments and vaccines for HIV, hepatitis C, and other diseases. Its main focus is basic and clinical HIV/AIDS research, including vaccine development. The website is well organised with information and links to collaborators around the world, as well as a list of clinical trials
This division of the US National Institutes of Health conducts basic research into HIV biology, vaccines and new therapies. The site includes fact sheets, brochures, a glossary of HIV/AIDS terms and links to other resources.