OHSU researcher receives $25M grant for AIDS vaccine


Dr. Louis Picker will use the money from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to further his research.

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Dr. Louis Picker will use the money from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to further his research.

About 35 million people globally are living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, according to the World Health Organization. While the number of annual new infections has slowed in recent years, 2.1 million people were newly infected last year. Another 1.5 million people died from AIDS last year.

The vaccine Picker and his colleagues are developing shows promise both in preventing the HIV virus from establishing itself in exposed, uninfected people and clearing it from those already infected.

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