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Louis Picker Lab awarded $25 million gift from Gates Foundation

Louis Picker, M.D., and his team have been awarded a $25 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that will spur their work on a vaccine candidate against HIV.  This work is based on previous findings that this candidate, which uses cytomegalovirus as a vector, can boost effector memory T cells to successfully target simian immunodeficiency virus. This new award will test the safety of a prototype human version of the vaccine in … Read More

OHSU Postdoctoral Association, RIPPS host distinguished lecturer Louis J. Picker, June 29

The OHSU Postdoctoral Association and the Research in Progress Seminar Series (RIPPS) invite you to the 2016 Distinguished Lecture with speaker Louis J. Picker, M.D., associate director, OHSU Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute; professor, departments of pathology and molecular microbiology and immunology, OHSU School of Medicine; and senior scientist, Division of Pathology and Immunology, Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC). Picker will present “Cytomegalovirus (CMV) vectors: Recruiting an ancient warrior to defeat HIV.” 2016 Distinguished Lecture: … Read More

New OHSU Research Uncovers Key Barrier, Further Advancing the Fight Against HIV

One of the challenges to curing HIV is that the disease lurks in the body, even when it’s being treated with anti-retroviral medication. Now this puzzle is one step closer to being solved. An ongoing study  by a team of researchers at Oregon Health & Science University’s Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute (VGTI) has identified a key biological barrier to the goal of curing HIV infection in people on anti-retroviral therapy. This work, published in … Read More

OHSU vaccine candidate completely clears AIDS-causing virus from the body

An HIV/AIDS vaccine candidate developed by researchers at Oregon Health & Science University appears to have the ability to completely clear an AIDS-causing virus from the body. In a paper published online today in Nature, the researchers show that 50 percent of monkeys given the vaccine were able to completely eliminate the monkey form of HIV. The researchers used a common, harmless virus called cytomegalovirus and modified it to carry genes for SIV proteins, the … Read More

Why is developing an AIDS vaccine so difficult?

Over the years, scientists have developed a myriad of vaccines, some of which have eradicated the world’s most dangerous diseases. So why is an AIDS vaccine still so elusive? New research by OHSU’s Louis Picker, M.D., published online in Nature Medicine, explains. Dr. Picker likens our search for an AIDS vaccine to the tale of ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears': “The field was looking for a vaccine that was ‘not too hot,’ or ‘not too … Read More

Jonah Sacha, Ph.D., secures $1 million in funding for HIV vaccine research

Back in January we announced that Louis Picker, M.D., and his research team had received $8 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to further develop a promising HIV vaccine candidate. OHSU researchers have secured an additional $1 million from the Gates Foundation through their Grand Challenges Explorations funding program. Research will be led by assistant scientist Jonah Sacha, Ph.D., at the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute on OHSU’s West Campus. Sacha and his colleagues will attempt … Read More

OHSU faculty honored for leadership, teaching, research and more

At OHSU, the passion we bring to our work leads to discoveries, educational opportunities and patient successes that literally change the world. At the heart of our success are faculty members that bring this devotion, creativity and energy to everything that we stand for. This makes a difference not only in the eyes of other faculty members, but to students and patients as well. It is a great honor to be recognized by fellow faculty … Read More

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