HJF has supported the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research U.S. Military HIV Research Program (MHRP) since its inception in 1986. MHRP has emerged as a world leader in HIV vaccine research and development, and HJFMRI has helped MHRP expand these capabilities to multiple sites in Africa.
HJFMRI provides an array of services throughout the long process of HIV vaccine research and development, from protocol planning to clinical trial execution to dissemination of findings. HJFMRI’s team of medical and scientific experts and global network of research sites help foster collaboration between research stakeholders and coordinate technical and logistical solutions critical to carrying out vaccine development research.
MHRP’s HIV vaccine research efforts include basic science discovery research, preclinical science, Phase 1 development and more advanced efficacy trials. To carry out this broad range of work, MHRP needed to conduct research in international settings within diverse communities throughout Africa and Southeast Asia. HJFMRI helped MHRP grow its global research network by establishing connections with international governmental and non-governmental collaborators, building research infrastructure and hiring and training scientific and clinical staff. MHRP continues to rely on HJFMRI to assist with day-to-day operations of clinical HIV vaccine research in Nigeria, Tanzania and Kenya.
HJFMRI and its parent company have also supported MHRP and partner sites in their participation in HIV vaccine efficacy trials conducted as part of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network.
CASE STUDY: Community Engagement Helps Overcome Challenges to HIV Vaccine Trial Recruitment
In early 2021, as COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns and restrictions disrupted public life around the globe, HJFMRI partners faced the challenge of enrolling a newly launched HIV vaccine trial. An established community engagement team found new pathways to engage stakeholders and participants.