Cornerstone of prevention efforts
A cornerstone of the prevention efforts is the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN), the world’s largest publicly funded multi-disciplinary international collaboration facilitating the development of vaccines to prevent HIV/AIDS. Based at Fred Hutch, the HVTN includes over 30 sites on five continents.
The HVTN is partnership of research scientists, clinical trial sites, laboratories, funders, regulators and ethicists, participants, volunteers and community representatives working with industry, academia, and governments in the global search for a preventive HIV vaccine.
Its researchers conduct all phases of clinical trials, from evaluating experimental vaccines for safety and immunogenicity to testing vaccine efficacy. The networks efforts have advanced the HIV vaccinology field and advance the knowledge in fields as varied as social and behavioral sciences, statistics, and immunology.
The Seattle Vaccine Trials Unit (SVTU), a local site for the HVTN, is one of the first sites to conduct an HIV vaccine trial.