Kathryn Foulds, Ph.D.Manager Phone: 301-594-8604 Fax: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mario Roederer, Ph.D.Director Phone: 301-594-8491 Fax: 301-480-2788 Roederer@nih.gov
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Shing-Fen Kao, M.S.Biologist Phone 301-594-8657 Fax: 301-480-2779 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Immunological evaluations in nonhuman primate (NHP) models are essential for the advancement of vaccine research. In particular, vaccination and SIV challenge of macaque species is the best animal model for evaluating candidate HIV vaccines in pre-clinical studies. As a result, the Nonhuman Primate Immunogenicity Core (NIC) was established to support the research efforts of investigators at the VRC.
All studies that are conducted through the NIC are processed in a standardized manner using the same standard operating procedures (SOPs) for tissue preparation and T cell assays. For example, the NIC uses a qualified 8-color ICS panel and assay for the measurement of IFNg, IL-2, and TNF from CD4 and CD8 T cells. An 11-color variant that allows for the measurement of memory markers in addition to cytokines is also available. For ELISpot, the SOP that was developed and qualified for the NHP Core of the Collaboration for AIDS Vaccine Discovery is used.
The NIC manages basic, translational, and preclinical NHP studies. Basic research interests include lymphocyte trafficking, the generation and maintenance of memory responses in systemic and mucosal sites, and pathogenesis following simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) infection. Translational research studies are performed to optimize a variety of different platforms and vectors by studying the effects of different adjuvants, schedules, and delivery methods on immunogenicity. Finally, the data from preclinical testing of vaccines in NHP models is used to support moving clinical products forward to human testing and can be critical to regulatory filings.
The responsibilities of the NIC include the following:
To perform these operations, the NIC uses state-of-the-art technologies available at the VRC including 18-color FACS analyzers, 18-color sorters (one in BSL-3 containment), reagent manufacturing capabilities, and the Fluidigm real-time PCR system for single-cell gene expression.
Last Updated February 21, 2012