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Mission Statement and Goals

Mission Statement

The mission of the Vaccine Research Center (VRC) is to conduct research that facilitates the development of effective vaccines for human disease. The primary focus of research will be the development of vaccines for AIDS.


The Vaccine Research Center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will conduct research that facilitates the development of effective AIDS vaccines. Activities in the Center will include

  • Basic research to establish mechanisms of inducing long-lasting protective immunity against HIV and other pathogens that present special challenges to vaccine development
  • The conception, design, and preparation of vaccine candidates for HIV and related viruses
  • Laboratory analysis, non-clinical evaluations, and clinical trials of such candidates

The VRC will conduct a comprehensive program of research on the NIH intramural campus and work with scientists in academic, clinical, and industrial laboratories through a program of national and international collaborations. The VRC will actively seek industrial partners for the development, efficacy testing, and marketing of vaccines and focus the development of new methodologies and training opportunities that will benefit all HIV vaccine researchers. The potential scientific advances, methodologies, and resources will also provide the basis for research on vaccines for other diseases.

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Last Updated March 08, 2013