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Offline Cosmicdancer

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Canadian-developed HIV vaccine approved for human studies
« on: December 20, 2011, 08:44:23 PM »
This vaccine will be given to 40 HIV positive volunteers starting in January.  I'm puzzled by the theory behind using a killed whole HIV virus, since my understanding is that even when the immune system recognizes HIV, it cannot develop a sufficient immune response since the envelope constantly mutates.  If the vaccine can generate antibodies that target the conserved regions of HIV, maybe it will have some success.


Canadian-developed HIV vaccine approved for human studies

After two decades of research, a group of Canadian scientists has won approval to start testing an experimental HIV vaccine on humans.

The vaccine, developed by researchers at the University of Western Ontario, has received a green light from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for clinical human trials.

Beginning in January, the vaccine will be given to 40 healthy people with HIV to test its safety.

Dr. Chil-Yong Kang, professor of virology at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario, called the FDA approval a “milestone.”

“We started the basic science research two decades ago,” Kang said. “The vaccine development, we started 10 years ago. This is incredible for us to get to this stage of development.”

Kang said the vaccine, called SAV001, is the first preventative HIV vaccine approved for clinical trials to use a killed whole HIV-1 virus to activate the immune response in humans.

The strategy has been used before to develop successful vaccines for influenza, polio, rabies and hepatitis A. Kang said these past successes for other viral diseases provide hope the Canadian-developed vaccine will work against HIV.

The human immunodeficiency virus used in the vaccine has been genetically altered to render it non-pathogenic, or unable to cause disease. Kang and his research team then further inactivated the virus using chemicals and radiation.

“In the past, people did not use this strategy (using a killed whole HIV virus) because people did not know how to make a safer virus and people did not know how to make large quantities of it,” Kang said. “Now we have solved those problems by the genetic engineering of the virus.”

According to the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, there are 30 HIV vaccines currently being tested in phase 1 clinical trials around the world.

Many of these vaccines have largely focused on using one specific component of the human immunodeficiency virus to trigger an immune response. Other vaccines have used other viral vectors to create a vaccine. Right now, there is no effective HIV vaccine.

Dr. Jonathan Angel, president of the Canadian Association for HIV Research, whose research is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, said it is exciting that a Canadian scientist’s work has progressed from the basic research level to a vaccine approved for human clinical trials, meeting the rigorous criteria of the FDA.

But he also cautioned that developing an effective HIV vaccine remains a daunting task because HIV is a complex virus that scientists do not yet completely understand.

Should the SAV001 be proven safe, the vaccine will enter the second phase of clinical trials, in which it will be tested on 600 HIV-negative volunteers at high risk for HIV infection. Researchers will measure the volunteers’ immune response to the vaccine.

The third and final phase would enroll 6,000 HIV-negative volunteers at high risk for the disease. The participants, half of whom would be vaccinated and half un-vaccinated, would be tracked for three years to see how many in each group became infected with HIV.

Kang and his team received funding from Sumagen Canada, a company created in 2008 to support the development of the vaccine and a subsidiary of a Korean-based pharmaceutical venture company.
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Offline MiniPozToyota

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Re: Canadian-developed HIV vaccine approved for human studies
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2011, 11:58:33 PM »
Hope it works, sounds interesting...
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Offline leatherman

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Re: Canadian-developed HIV vaccine approved for human studies
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2011, 01:25:44 AM »
the vaccine will be given to 40 healthy people with HIV to test its safety.
they're not looking for it to have any therapeutic value, are they? Is this just a test so if it doesn't kill off the pozzies, ;D then they'll give it to the neggies to see what happens if/when they get infected?
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Offline AlexMerida

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Re: Canadian-developed HIV vaccine approved for human studies
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2011, 09:57:23 AM »
This vaccine was ready for clinical trials since 2006 (probably before)


Dr. Kang said: (in 2006)

" It is hoped that this vaccine could be available for therapeutic use within three years and for preventative use within six years"

Dr. Kang´s vaccine could be used for both thearapecutic and prohylicatic (preventive)

Even when the experimental design for the therapeutic is more simple and less time consuming.....it is seems that at the end the experiments will start with the prohylactic.

These vaccine is suported (in part) by Bill and Belinda Gates Foundation ( This foundation do not have the policts to support therapeutic vaccines).


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