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Duke and MHRP Win Award for Best Academic Research Team
A research team led by the Duke Vaccine Research Center and Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) won the “Best Academic Research Team” award at the 6th Vaccine Industry Excellence (ViE) Awards ceremony at the World Vaccine Congress held in Washington on April 17. LTC Robert O'Connell, Product Manager for HIV Vaccines for the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, accepted the award on behalf of the team.
The research team won this award for their work identifying correlates of risk in the RV144 HIV vaccine study, an Army-sponsored vaccine trial conducted in Thailand. In April 2012 the New England Journal of Medicine published a paper by the team that detailed clues to why the vaccine tested in the RV144 trial protected some volunteers. This unprecedented collaboration, led by researchers at Duke University and U.S. Military HIV Research Program at WRAIR, brought together investigators from around the world to study those who became infected compared to those who did not. The study was supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
More than 300 vaccine stakeholders attended the event, which is the only Awards ceremony for the vaccine industry.