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Carl Dieffenbach, Ph.D.

Director of the Division of AIDS, NIAID 

Prevention and Treatment of HIV Infection in Infants Born to Infected Mothers: Need for a Fresh Look

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On Monday, March 4, 2013, at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Atlanta, Dr. Deborah Persaud of the Johns Hopkins University presented an intriguing case study of a child who by all measures seems to be cured of HIV infection. This single case has sparked significant conversation, debate, and optimism. This blog…

Community Engagement in NIAID’s HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Networks

Future Directions for NIAID HIV Research: Consider and Comment

Since early in the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has involved community representatives and advocates in the research process.   The nature and scope of the community’s involvement have grown over the years, but the rationale behind these efforts remains the same:  the people who might benefit from the research…

New Announcement about PrEP from NIH

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The National Institutes of Health National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases just made a significant announcement on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). I am proud to share this important update from the NIH with our blog readers. Learn more by reading this Q&A.

What’s in it for Non-AIDS Infectious Diseases Researchers?

Future Directions for NIAID HIV Research

Co-authored by Hugh Auchincloss, M.D., NIAID Deputy Director and Carole Heilman, Ph.D., Director of NIAID’s Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases So far all of the postings on this blog series have been about HIV/AIDS research or about diseases that are major comorbidities. This is appropriate since we have been discussing the upcoming re-competition of…

Advancing Pediatric, Maternal and Child Health

Future Directions for NIAID HIV Research

Co-authored by Edward Handelsman, M.D., Chief of NIAID’s Pediatric Medicine Branch within the Division of AIDS, and Lynne Mofenson, M.D., Chief of the Pediatric, Adolescent and Maternal AIDS Branch within the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development. As a result of our continued dialogue with our collaborators and stakeholders, NIAID…

Future Directions for NIAID’s HIV Vaccine Clinical Research

Future Directions for NIAID HIV Research

Co-authored by Margaret I. Johnston, Ph.D., Director of the Vaccine Research Program in NIAID’s Division of AIDS Carl W. Dieffenbach, PhD Margaret I. Johnston, PhD The development of a safe and effective preventive vaccine for HIV remains one of NIAID’s highest priorities. As we look to the future, we are also seeking to expand the…

Looking Ahead: NIAID’s Future HIV/AIDS Therapeutics Priorities

Future Directions for NIAID HIV Research

Since the 1980s when the HIV/AIDS epidemic was first recognized, NIAID-supported clinical research has helped to save millions of lives and played a key role in defining the standard of care for treating HIV infection. This blog post describes what we are seeking for the next wave of HIV/AIDS therapeutic approaches. Specifically, we have identified…

Future Priorities for NIAID’s HIV Prevention Research

Future Directions for NIAID HIV Research

As we begin to discuss the restructuring of NIAID’s clinical trials networks, let us first focus on the Institute’s HIV prevention research agenda. Developing new biomedical tools that can safely and effectively prevent HIV acquisition and transmission is critical to addressing the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. Currently, we are exploring several promising HIV prevention strategies that,…