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Host Genetics played a Role in Vaccine Efficacy in the RV144 HIV Vaccine Trial

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WRAIR is excited to share new findings recently published in the journal Science Translational Medicine globe4.gif. Click here for the official press release issued by WRAIR's Military HIV Research Program:

 

Change of Command

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13th July marked WRAIR’s recent Change of Command ceremony. Colonel Steven E. Braverman relinquished command to Colonel Dana K. Renta.....

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US Army Medical Research Unit-Europe Inactivation Ceremony and Relinquishment of Command

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Col. Steven Braverman, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research Commander, presented the Meritorious Service Medal to Lt. Col. Jeffrey Thomas, outgoing commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research Unit-Europe (USAMRU-E), during the unit's inactivation ceremony.....

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VCSA and TSG visit WRAIR

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GEN Daniel Allyn, the 35th Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, LTG Patricia Horoho, the Army Surgeon General, and MG Brian Lein, the Commanding General of the US Medical Research and Materiel Command, visited WRAIR on Wednesday, May 20.....

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HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

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May 18 is HIV Vaccine Awareness Day. COL Nelson Michael, Director of the U.S. Military HIV Research Program speaks to the importance of vaccine development for infectious diseases.....

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Three WRAIR Soldiers earn the Expert Field Medical Badge

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The Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB) is intended to recognize AMEDD Soldiers who demonstrate exceptional competence and outstanding performance in a broad spectrum of critical medical and Soldier skills. It rewards those who can expertly perform in a simulated combat environment, both soldier common tasks and medical tasks. The EFMB is the non-combat equivalent to the Combat Medical Badge.....

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JSHS National Finalists Visit WRAIR & NMRC

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The Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program promotes original research and experimentation in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics at the high school level and publicly recognizes students for outstanding achievement.....

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Results published in New England Journal of Medicine on Ebola vaccine study

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Today is the official release of VSV-EBOV study results from the New England Journal of Medicine. VSV-EBOV is an Ebola vaccine that appears safe and generates immune response.....

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The Versatility of Army Careers

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The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) would like to congratulate Major Stephen Schwab on his recent acceptance to the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.....

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New Ebola Vaccine Trial Opens in Uganda

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A new Phase Ib clinical trial of two experimental Ebola vaccines began today in Kampala, Uganda. The Makerere University Walter Reed Project (MUWRP), in partnership with the U.S. Military HIV Research Program, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, is conducting the study....

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The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research Begins Testing Experimental Ebola Vaccine

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October 17th, 2014


On October 13th, researchers began testing a potential Ebola vaccine, called the VSV Ebola vaccine or BPSC1001, at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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DoD Project Puts Bugs in the Crosshairs Beyond the Battlefield

By David Pecor

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October 7, 2014. In late summer of 2014, members of the Entomology branch of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) met with representatives from nine Federal agencies to discuss a common enemy, ticks. Debilitating illnesses like Lyme disease and anaplasmosis are transmitted by ticks and the US Military has had a long standing interest in protecting Warfighters from this threat. The WRAIR offered assistance to this group by way of VectorMap, a recently developed tool designed to help health planners mitigate the risk of exposure to vector-borne diseases.

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Two WRAIR researchers make the 2014 "Most Influential People in Vaccines" list

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COLs Nelson Michael and Jerome Kim of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) made the list of the top 50 most influential people in vaccines list for the first time in 2014. A vaccine industry group called Vaccine Nation generates this list each year in collaboration with the World Vaccine Congress Europe.

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HIV Vaccine Development and the US Military - Awareness Day 2014

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Today, May 18, marks HIV Vaccine Awareness Day. It has been more than 30 years since the first cases of AIDS were reported and more than 35 million people are living with the disease worldwide.

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120 Years of Advances for Military and Public Health: WRAIR, 1893-2013

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WRAIR has a distinguished history of serving America's military. It was founded by U.S. Army Surgeon General George Sternberg in 1893 as the Army Medical School. Read more at: http://issuu.com/faircountmedia/docs/wrair120

Preventing Malaria – Dr. David Lanar of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research

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In International Innovation, Dr. David Lanar talks about his part in research to prevent infection by the wily parasites that cause malaria. The malaria parasite defends itself from the immune system by making its surface proteins less recognizable, allowing the parasite to evade detection and hide itself away until it replicates and causes serious infection.

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New Advances for a Malaria Vaccine

It takes the right mix of proteins

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December 26, 2013 (Silver Spring, Md.) – A vaccine containing recombinant Apical Membrane Antigen-1 (AMA1) proteins derived from four laboratory strains of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum could inhibit the invasion of many diverse parasites collected from Africa and Asia. The results were published in the online journal PLOS Pathogens.

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Thai Government To Support HIV Vaccine Study

Building on the of Success of the RV144 Thai HIV Vaccine Trial

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The US Military HIV Research Program at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research participated in the AIDS Vaccine Efficacy Consortium (AVEC) Summit for an AIDS-Free Generation in Thailand.
Colonel Jerome Kim, of the US Military HIV Research Program at WRAIR, speaks at the AIDS Vaccine Efficacy Consortium.
The Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Kingdom of Thailand announced their commitment to build on the success of the landmark RV144 Thai HIV vaccine study. The announcement was made at the AIDS Vaccine Efficacy Consortium (AVEC) Summit for an AIDS-Free Generation in Thailand on August 29, 2013.

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The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research welcomes a new Commander.

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June 25, 2013 – On this typical June day in the Washington area, the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) welcomed a new commander. The change of command ceremony was carried out on the back lawn of Building 503 with full participation by the WRAIR Headquarters Company and commanders from the WRAIR overseas laboratories in Thailand, Kenya and Europe, specifically Germany and the Republic of Georgia.

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19 Jun 2013 -- MHRP Deputy Colonel Jerome Kim Receives Award for Research Excellence

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MHRP Principal Deputy COL. Jerome Kim has won the 2013 John Maher Award for Research Excellence from the Department of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University (USU).

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Three Honorees Receive “Hero of Military Medicine” Awards

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May 1, 2013 (WASHINGTON DC) — Three individuals who have distinguished themselves through excellence and selfless dedication to advancing medicine for our nation's wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans and their families won the Heroes of Military Medicine awards.

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Seeing the Past and Future of Malaria Research

By Col. Peter J. Weina, Deputy Commander, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research

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On April 25, World Malaria Day 2013 will be celebrated around the world with activities that highlight advances in the field of malaria research, but with a focus on how far we have left to go. The day will be an opportunity to reflect on past accomplishments and reinvigorate ourselves for the monumental task yet ahead of us.

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Phase III study shows antibiotic cream treats cutaneous leishmaniasis with a high cure rate and few side effects.

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Study results were published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Feb 7.

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Senator Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii speaking at the dedication of the Inouye Building housing the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and Naval Medical Research Center

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Today the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research mourns the loss of U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye, who passed away yesterday at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

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A greater understanding of the first effective HIV vaccine -- RV144.

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The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and its U.S. Military HIV Research Program (MHRP) publish findings with the Statistical Center for HIV/AIDS Research and Prevention (SCHARP) at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington.

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NIDA supports WRAIR investigator in the development of a combined anti-heroin and HIV vaccine

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(Silver Spring, Md.)--Dr. Gary R. Matyas has been selected as the 2012 recipient of the NIDA Avant-Garde Award for Medications Development.

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Malaria, Dengue, and Leishmania Rapid Detection Devices to be Fielded in Medical Equipment Sets

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(Fort Detrick, Md.) - The leishmania assay, the third of a trio of arthropod vector rapid detection devices developed by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, received its individual national stock number June 4 after a recommendation submitted by the Armed Forces Pest Management Board.

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Two WRAIR Soldiers Earn Expert Field Medical Badge

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Two Noncommissioned Officers from Walter Reed Army Institute of Research were awarded the Expert Field Medical Badge after successfully completing all requirements at Camp Bullis, Texas, June 15. Recognized as one of the U.S. Army's top research facilities, WRAIR is a subcommand of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command.

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Fourth Annual Malaria Champions Breakfast Honored the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research

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Fourth Annual Malaria Champions Breakfast Honored the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and Other Leaders in the Fight Against Malaria. The Malaria No More Policy Center has given the Malaria Action Award to the WRAIR in Washington, D.C. on June 7.

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Moving Forward on HIV Vaccine Awareness Day 2013

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“It will take 10 years.” That is what researchers usually say when asked how much longer it will take to develop a safe and effective HIV vaccine.

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U.S. Army Launches Clinical Trial Series to Advance Treatment of Combat-Related PTSD

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Seeking to improve outcomes for patients with combat-related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), the U.S. Army is leading a new research initiative that will examine the efficacy of multiple FDA-approved pharmacotherapeutics.

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WRAIR Science Director Receives Distinguished Service Medal

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Dr. Maryanne Vahey, the Science Director of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research received the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service.

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USA Science and Engineering Festival is coming up!

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Join USAMMRC at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC for the second USA Science and Engineering Festival 27-29 April 2012.

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WRAIR Expands its Research Network to Mozambique

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Part of a public/private partnership, the U.S. Military HIV Research Program is collaborating on studies in Maputo, Beira and Chokwe that will expand research capacity and inform future HIV vaccine research in this part of Africa.

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RV144 Follow-up Study Begins in Thailand

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Screening for a new clinical study, called RV305, recently began at the Bang Lamung Hospital in the Chonburi Province of Thailand. This small immunogenicity study will evaluate extended boosting regimens using the same vaccine components that were used in RV144.

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Vector device safeguards Soldiers against bug diseases

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By JEFFREY SOARES
Army Medicine

Arthropods—they just plain bug people most of the time. Mosquitoes, spiders, ticks, mites, centipedes — the list goes on and on. Many people have a hard time tolerating these little creatures; some are even deathly afraid of them.

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50th Anniversary of the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium will be held May 2-6

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The 50th anniversary of the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium will be held May 2--6. The U.S. Army will be the lead organization and host the symposium this year in Bethesda, MD at the Bethesda North Marriot. The U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Army Research Office is planning a Research and Technology Showcase for May 3. Representing USAMRMC at this event will be the Walter Reed Army Institute Research and the National Museum of Health and Medicine.

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WRAIR hosts first ever MRMC Combatives Tournament

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On Friday 23 March 2012, the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research hosted the first ever Medical Research and Materiel Command (MRMC) combatives tournament. Teams from WRAIR, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD), and several signal battalions from Ft. Detrick and the 6th Medical Logistics Management Center participated. Referees also assisted from Ft. McNair and Ft. Myer.

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MHRP Kenya Country Director Receives Prestigious Military Civilian Award

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In a recent ceremony in Kenya, Dr. Doug Shaffer, Director of the Walter Reed Project–Kenya and Deputy Director of MHRP's therapeutics research received both the Meritorious Civilian Service Award and Membership in the Order of Military Medical Merit.

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WRAIR and Northwestern High School Sign Educational Partnership Agreement

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WRAIR investing in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education improvement.

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A Military Cutback We Can't Afford

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Last week, the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research was highlighted in an article published by The Atlantic. The article addressed the imminent threat to WRAIR of military spending cuts as debates continue on balancing the U.S. federal budget.

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Vaccine Partially Protects Monkeys from HIV-like Infection

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New vaccine research published Jan. 4 in the online version of Nature suggests that scientists are closing in on the critical ingredients of a protective HIV vaccine and identifies new HIV vaccine candidates, developed by the U.S. Military HIV Research Program, to test in human clinical trials.

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Promising Results of Novel Combination HIV Vaccine: Preclinical Study of HIV Vaccine Candidates Provides Strong Rationale for Clinical Trials

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Results from a recent study show that novel vaccine combinations can provide partial protection against infection by Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV) in rhesus monkeys.

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Time Magazine recognizes the ''First-Ever Malaria Vaccine'' (RTS,S malaria vaccine) as the Number 2 ''Top Ten Medical Breakthrough 2011.''

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On 18 Oct 2011, researchers from a public-private partnership (GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals, the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) announced early results of the ongoing phase 3 clinical trial of the RTS,S malaria vaccine

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World AIDS Day 2011

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Statement from the Military HIV Research Program
December 1st marks the commemoration of World AIDS Day-a day to reflect on an epidemic that has affected millions of lives worldwide for three decades now and how far we've come towards an end. This year's focus and theme is ''Leading with Science, United for Action.''

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Rising Above the Flood: The Mission of AFRIMS

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By: Jeffrey Soares, USAMRMC Public Affairs
Bangkok, Thailand, is partially flooded, and the city is reeling with anxiety. It hasn't happened in nearly half a century, but it isn't very surprising considering that the past year's weather pattern has given the world earthquakes, typhoons, tornadoes, hurricanes, extreme heat, frigid cold, and monsoon-like rain .. yes, lots and lots of rain .. in record numbers

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Walter Reed Army Institute of Research hosts a delegation of scientists from Saudi Arabia

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The Commander of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, COL Ralph Erickson, hosted a delegation of scientists from Saudi Arabia on September 21, 2011 representing the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of the Interior, and the Ministry of Health, as well as a representative from the Department of State

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WRAIR Researchers Present Annual Vaccine Conference in Thailand

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COL Jerome Kim, MHRP Deputy Director and Dr. Barton Haynes, chair of the RV144 Scientific Steering Committee, presented results of the RV144 correlates studies, which provide ''new clue'' to how the RV144 vaccine regimen may have provided protection from HIV

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Advanced Mosquito Taxonomy Workshop and Training Courses held in Singapore

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Two WRAIR Entomology research staff, Dr. Pollie L.M. Rueda and Mr. Jim Pecor, conducted the Advanced Mosquito Taxonomy Workshop/Training Course, on 5-9 September 2011, in Singapore

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WRAIR's Malaria Vaccine Shows Encouraging Results in Human Trial

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In a step towards development of a malaria vaccine, the Walter Reed Army Institute for Research (WRAIR), the United States Army Medical Materiel Development Activity (USAMMDA), GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals, University of Maryland School of Medicine and University of Bamako located in Mali, West Africa, have published the results of a Phase 2b human trial using the Apical Membrane Antigen-1 (FMP2.1) protein vaccine in the New England Journal of Medicine

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Research!America hosts briefing on "The Importance of the Department of Defense's Role in Global Health Research and Development"

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The Research!America weblog (blog) connects its readers to policy in Washington, DC that affects research to improve global health. Colonel Kent Kester, former WRAIR commander, participated in a panelist forum hosted by Research!America on 28 July 2011 to discuss the Department of Defense's role in global health research and development

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Change of Command at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research

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The twenty-first of July marked the day of Change of Command at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) from Colonel Kent E. Kester to Colonel Ralph L. Erickson

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WRAIR and USUHS seeking fellows for the Joint Clinical Pharmacology Fellowship Training Program

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The establishment of the Joint Clinical Pharmacology Fellowship Training Program at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in 1985 hasproven to be not only successful but also beneficial in the area of drug development said U.S. Army Program directors Col. Colin Ohrt and Dr. Louis Cantilena

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