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The Art of Self- Defence (Nature) (click to download)








Louis Picker honored for leadership, teaching, research and more,
May 21, 2015 - At OHSU, the passion we bring to our work leads to discoveries, educational opportunities and patient successes that literally change the world. Read More

OHSU, Feb 23, 2015 - An exciting answer to a persistent question

OHSU, Jan 20, 2015 - New OHSU Research Uncovers Key Barrier, Further Advancing the Fight Against HIV

Oregon Live, Jan 19, 2015 - OHSU star researcher Louis Picker unravels another mystery in quest for HIV cure

OHSU, Oct 20, 2014 - VGTI and partners awarded $10M NIH contract to develop new vaccine adjuvants

Oregon Live, Sept 3, 2014 - OHSU HIV vaccine researcher, Louis Picker, wins $25 Million


Marquam Hill Lecture: February 19, 2015   Presented by Louis Picker, M.D.
Ending an Epidemic: OHSU's Hunt for an HIV Vaccine
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Nature Medicine, B cell follicle sanctuary permits persistent productive simian immunodeficiency virus infection in elite controllers

Nature Medicine, Jan 15, 2015 - HIV: Seeking ultimate victory

Virology, Nov 19, 2014 - A simian hemorrhagic fever virus isolate from persistently infected baboons efficiently induces hemorrhagic fever disease in Japanese macaques

Nature, Nov 13, 2014 - Boosting adjuvants – NIH prods industry to develop new vaccine adjuvants

Journal of Virology, Nov 5, 2014 - Short Conserved Sequences of HIV-1 Are Highly Immunogenic and Shift Immunodominance

mBio, Oct 28, 2014 - Human Cytomegalovirus-Encoded pUL7 Is a Novel CEACAM1-Like Molecule Responsible for Promotion of Angiogenesis

Virology Reports, Oct 22, 2014 - Full genome sequence analysis of a novel adenovirus of rhesus macaque origin indicates a new simian adenovirus type and species

Nature Reviews Microbiology, Oct 4, 2014 - Novel vaccine vectors for HIV-1

Embo Reports, June 30, 2014 - Are effector memory T cells the key to an effective HIV/AIDS vaccine?


1st Time Award Recipients as Faculty, Staff Scientists
Ben Burwitz’s, Staff Scientist new grant:
February 11, 2015 amfAR's Board of Trustees approved the first round of 11 Innovation Grants totaling close to $2 million. One of the new grants will support a study by Dr. Benjamin Burwitz of Oregon Health and Science University in Portland that could help determine the precise mechanism of action that led to the first and only known HIV cure in "the Berlin patient." The cure was the result of a stem cell transplant involving donated cells with a genetic mutation rendering them impervious to HIV infection.  Dr. Burwitz and colleagues plan to generate a non-human primate model that will allow the testing of many hypotheses concerning the Berlin patient's cure, as well as, for example, gene therapy interventions designed to cure HIV. 

Recently Awarded
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Wong, Scott: Rhesus HHV-8 Homologue in AIDS-related Malignancies
Resubmission of unfunded competitive renewal

Sacha, Jonah: Hepatitis B Virus Infection of Nonhuman Primates
New Internal Pilot Research Program Grant
Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC)

Wong, Scott: Isolation of a Novel Gamma-herpesvirus from Multiple Sclerosis Patients
New Pilot Research Grant
National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS)

Frueh, Klaus: A Therapeutic Vaccine for Cervical Cancer: Task 1: Vector Construction
New application for ONAMI Gap funding
Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI)

Nelson, Jay: Targeting IRFs for Immune Adjuvant Enhancement of Vaccine Immunogenicity
New Contract

Picker, Louis: MHC II- and MHC E-restricted CD8+ T Cells and Control of HIV (Induction of Broad Functional Class II Restricted CD8+ T Cell Responses: Translation from NHP to Humans)
New Discovery Grant
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Okoye, Afamefuna: Purging the Latent HIV Reservoir at ART Initiation: a New Eradication Strategy
New R21/R33 Sub-Award

Skalsky, Rebecca:
The Role of Viral and Cellular miRNAs in B-cell
New K99/R00

Streblow, Daniel: Antibody-Based Therapy of Chikungunya Virus
New Administrative Supplement Subcontract Proposal
Washington University (at St. Louis)

Wong, Scott
: Rhesus HHV-8 Homologue in AIDS-related Malignancies
New Administrative Supplement

Botto, Sara: The Role of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) in Kaposi Sarcoma, a KSHV-induced Angioproliferative Tumor
WSA Winter 2014 Predoctoral Fellowship
American Heart Association