Hutch in South Africa

Hutch in South Africa

Fred Hutch researchers are playing a key role in finding an HIV vaccine. The Hutch’s HIV Vaccine Trials Network opened a lab in Cape Town on Oct. 23, 2013 as we continue our quest to end the march of AIDS.

South Africa mourns Nelson Mandela's death

December 6, 2013

The revered leader embraced science that unequivocally connected HIV with AIDS. The HVTN's Glenda Gray pays tribute. Read more >

Why one doctor battles South Africa's HIV epidemic

November 25, 2013

After graduating medical school, Fatima Laher worked at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto. Treating adults and children wasting away in the late stages of disease changed her path in medicine.  Read more >

Traditional healers play key role in fighting HIV

November 12, 2013

Mirriam Bangisa is a traditional healer and a member of a community advisory board. “My role is to go to the community and inform them what is happening,” she said.  Read more >

South African government partners with Hutch's HVTN

November 8, 2013

Dr. Salim Abdool Karim, president of the South African Medical Research Council, envisions a world without HIV, the virus that has hit his country harder than anywhere else. Read more >

Cape Town conference ends, 'grand endeavor' begins

October 25, 2013

A conference in Cape Town this week marks the start of a “grand endeavor” in developing a vaccine to help end HIV, said Dr. Larry Corey, president and director of Fred Hutch during a closing speech. Read more >

Men's evolving roles crucial to stopping HIV

October 25, 2013

Trainer Mzamo Sidelo of the Sonke Gender Justice Network believes more family involvement will drive down HIV rates since men will be more emotionally invested in their children and their children's mothers. Read more >


Up close with an HIV vaccine trial participant

October 24, 2013

Likhapha Monica Faku lives in a country with the highest rate of HIV infection in the world, she has felt AIDS’ toll first hand, losing an uncle and a close friend.  She shares why she volunteered for a vaccine being tested by the HIV Vaccine Trials Network.  Read more >

Photos from South Africa

October 24, 2013

The HIV Vaccine Trials Network opened its new lab in Cape Town, South Africa in October. Reporter Deborah Bach and photographer Robert Hood covered the event and chronicled their journey.  View our slideshow >

How a lab in South Africa can help end HIV

October 24, 2013

This easy-to-understand infographic shows the serious impact HIV has had on South Africa and how the Hutch's Cape Town HVTN Immunology Laboratory can help researchers who are striving to find a vaccine for the deadly disease.     
See the infographic

'This is about survival': Hutch opens Cape Town lab

October 23, 2013

Top scientists and others marked the opening of a lab that will focus on developing a vaccine to prevent HIV infections worldwide. Tshililo Michael Masutha, South Africa’s deputy minister of science and technology, said the lab will play a critical role in bringing together expertise that can help combat the region’s HIV epidemic. Read more >

Dr. Corey kicks off HVTN Conference

October 22, 2013

Dr. Larry Corey, president and director of Fred Hutch, welcomed more than 200 participants from countries all over the world to the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) Conference on Oct. 22, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa. Fred Hutch is known for its innovative work in fighting cancer, but has also been key in a global effort to find a vaccine to halt HIV and AIDS.

Corey urged participants not to be distracted by budget concerns and to focus their passion on the science of fighting and eventually finding an HIV vaccine.

Photo by Robert Hood

Quest for HIV vaccine leads to Cape Town

October 21, 2013

This week, the Hutch is opening a state-of-the art vaccine lab in Cape Town as it gears up to launch HIV vaccine trials there. The lab will analyze trial participants’ blood samples and study how their immune systems interact with the vaccine and with the virus. Read more >


Fighting HIV on its own turf

October 18, 2013

Three years ago, Dr. Julie McElrath and her colleagues decided their best shot at developing an effective HIV vaccine was to try and beat the virus on its own turf, by launching clinical trials in a country that had lost an entire generation to AIDS.  Read more >