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NIH awards $7.8 million for innovative HIV vaccine approaches
Date:8/21/2012

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded 14 grants totaling $7.8 million in first-year funding for basic research to identify new approaches for designing a safe and effective HIV vaccine. The grants were awarded under the Innovation for HIV Vaccine Discovery (IHVD) initiative, which is expected to receive up to $34.8 million over the next four years.

"Recent discoveries about the basic biology of HIV and how the virus adapts to its host have provided useful information and new opportunities to guide vaccine development," said NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. "These grants are designed to build on that information and stimulate discovery of new ways to design a robust vaccine that prevents acquisition and establishment of latent infection."

The 14 IHVD grant recipient organizations include:

Altravax Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.)
Principal Investigator: Robert Whalen, DSc.
Project title: Germline-Specific Immunogens for the Induction of Neutralizing Antibodies to HIV-1.
The initial award, supported by grant number 1R01AI10270601, is for $597,816 for fiscal year 2012.

Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.)
Principal Investigator: Venigalla Rao, Ph.D.
Project title: Potent Phage T4-Derived V2 Immunogens as HIV Vaccines.
The initial award, supported by grant number 1R01AI10272501, is for $413,787 for fiscal year 2012.

Dartmouth College (Hanover, N.H.)
Principal Investigator: Margaret Ackerman, Ph.D.
Project title: Applying High-Performance Protein Engineering Tools to HIV Immunogen Design.
The initial award, supported by grant number 1R01AI10269101, is for $479,437 for fiscal year 2012.

Duke University (Durham, N.C.)
Principal Investigator: Herman Staats, Ph.D.
Project title: Mucosal Vaccination to Protect Against HIV-1 Infection at Mucosa
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Contact: Tasheema Prince
princeta@niaid.nih.gov
301-402-1663
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
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