Navigation Links
Texas A&M Research Aids Military in Fighting Brucellosis on the Battlefield
Date:8/21/2013

College Station, TX (PRWEB) August 21, 2013

Researchers at Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) are nearing completion of the first human Brucella vaccine aimed at combatting the Brucella bacteria that cause brucellosis, a chronic disease that causes high fever and incapacitation. If left untreated, the disease can induce neurological symptoms and cross the blood-brain barrier to inflict more damage.

Because Brucella is considered a select agent by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, meaning that it has been weaponized, the vaccine would be primarily used as a biodefense vaccine by the military. Allison Rice-Ficht, Ph.D., director of the Center for Microencapsulation and Drug Delivery at Texas A&M Health Science Center, and her team therefore have not only developed the vaccine but are also working on an improved delivery system to make the vaccine stable at room temperature and able to be taken orally. She calls it a “pocket vaccine,” and it will allow military personnel to carry capsules in their pockets for oral consumption in crisis situations.

To develop the vaccine’s military applications, Ficht received a $2.6 million grant in 2007 from the Department of Defense (DoD), specifically the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command. Since then the original grant has been renewed twice for a total of an additional $1.6 million. It will conclude this December.

“We are now addressing packaging issues so that the future ‘pocket vaccine’ will be able to be distributed at room temperature and without medical personnel,” she said.

After more than 18 months, a patent application is now pending on the vaccine. Vaccination studies in animal models are concluding, and Ficht hopes to have the vaccine in clinical human trials in the near future.

When the vaccine is ready for production, and through a joint effort between Texas A&M University, Texas A&M Health Science Center and other collaborators, INCELL Corporation in San Antonio will provide small-scale manufacturing for pilot studies. Large-scale manufacturing will be done by the National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing (NCTM), the first multidisciplinary workforce education institution and biopharmaceutical manufacturing center, at Texas A&M University.

“We see this large-scale production as the future with NCTM,” said Ficht. “Such collaboration maximizes the resources of the Texas A&M System.”

Since that initial grant in 2007 Ficht has worked to leverage the DOD funding for additional aid, including a Gates Foundation grant for $100,000 in 2009 for a related research project. She will continue to contribute to ongoing projects with U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases for controlled release viral vaccines.

Since 1984, Ficht has been a faculty member of the TAMHSC College of Medicine in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Medicine. In addition to being named a Texas A&M Regents Professor in 2004, Ficht currently serves as Associate Vice President of Research for the Texas A&M Health Science Center.

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/8/prweb11050830.htm.


'/>"/>
Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2012 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Cellucor to Attend Europa Get Fit & Sports Expo in Dallas, Texas
2. Texas A&M College of Nursing's New Nursing Program Answers Workforce Demand
3. TLU Professor Bill Squires Receives the 2013 Texas Health Champion Award
4. XL Protection Now Offering Dallas Texas Residents Professionally Installed Security Camera Video Surveillance Systems
5. DentalSpots.com Expands Network Capabilities to Help Fill Texas Dental Jobs
6. Dallas’ Park Cities Pet Sitter, Inc. Wins “Dallas A-List” Award for Best Pet Sitting Company in North Texas
7. Survey by Dissertation-Texas Reveals Exceptional Rise in Research Projects
8. Marco Cervantes - State Farm Insurance Agent Opens Doors in Katy, Texas
9. The Texas Thyroid Institute is Now Testing for Food Sensitivities
10. 2013 Best Security System Companies in San Antonio, Texas According to 6Webs.com
11. "Little" 9/11 Museum in NYC Gets Some "Big" Love from Texas
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/26/2016)... Aliso Viejo, California (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2016 , ... ... for Final Cut Pro X. , "Film editors can give their videos a whole ... artistically," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ProSlice Levels ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 25, 2016 , ... Experts from the American Institutes for ... Meeting June 26-28, 2016, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. , AIR ... care planning, healthcare costs and patient and family engagement. , AIR researchers will ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... First Choice Emergency Room , the largest ... as the Medical Director of its new Mesquite-Samuell Farm facility. , “We are ... Mesquite location,” said Dr. James M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical Director of First Choice Emergency ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... Conventional wisdom preaches the benefits of moderation, whether it’s a matter of ... too high can result in disappointment, perhaps even self-loathing. However, those who set the ... Research from PsychTests.com reveals that behind the tendency to set low expectations ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... in a crisis. Her son James, eight, was out of control. Prone to extreme mood ... something upset him, he couldn’t control his emotions,” remembers Marcy. “If there was a ... children and say he was going to kill them. If we were driving on ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/26/2016)... June 27, 2016  VMS Rehab Systems, Inc. ( ... take whatever measures required to build a strong and ... is currently listed on the OTC Markets-pink current trading ... and CEO, "We are seeing an anomaly in market ... not only by the Company, but shareholders and market ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016  Collagen Matrix, ... design, development and manufacturing of collagen and mineral ... announced today that Bill Messer has ... Marketing to further leverage the growing portfolio of ... devices. Bill joins the Collagen Matrix ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Dublin - ... " Global Markets for Spectroscopy Equipment" report ... This report focuses on the global market of ... applications in various applications. The report deals with spectroscopy ... industries: pharmaceutical and biotechnology, food and beverage, and environmental ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: