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UCLA Awarded $25M to Advance HIV Research for Women and Children



UCLA CTSI News Archive

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The National Institutes of Health has awarded $25 million to the UCLA branch of the International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials Network, known as IMPAACT, to continue developing innovative strategies to end HIV among these vulnerable populations.

The funding will go to UCLA’s laboratory, enabling its researchers to work with the network’s operations center, as well as statistical and data management center. The center aims to advance the network’s research, which has already led to effective therapies for women, children and adolescents with HIV, and influenced the standard of care for these groups.

The IMPAACT Network is made up of institutions, investigators and others that assess therapies for HIV and associated symptoms that strike infants, children, adolescents and pregnant women. The network also evaluates clinical trials of therapies addressing mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS.

“I am honored to contribute to IMPAACT’s efforts to provide pregnant women, infants, children and adolescents with state-of-the-art HIV therapies,” said Dr. Grace Aldrovandi, chief of infectious diseases at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and a professor of pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. “I hope we will be able to cure children and adolescents of HIV in the near future.”

Read the full UCLA press release. UCLA CTSI's Grants Submission Unit supported the development of the proposal.