The Charity Treks HIV/AIDS Vaccine Bike Treks benefit two organizations that have a great impact on finding a vaccine for AIDS. All funds raised by Charity Treks are donated to the Emory Vaccine Center and the UCLA AIDS Institute. Click on the links on the left to learn more about these important organizations.
Although there have been significant advances in treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS in recent years, there are still millions of new infections annually worldwide. We still desperately need an effective AIDS vaccine and the Emory Vaccine Center is at the forefront of the global effort to save millions of lives from the scourge of HIV. With the help of Charity Treks, our scientists are making extraordinary advances in understanding the virus and our immune system and creating vaccines to prevent and treat HIV infection.
The Emory Vaccine Center developed one of the world’s first AIDS vaccines, created by Dr. Harriet Robinson’s research team. After successfully preventing infection in primates, early results in human trials indicate an excellent safety profile and highly reproducible immunogenicity. Testing in humans continues and is chronicled in Emory Medicine Magazine (link opens in new tab).
We take a comprehensive approach to finding an HIV vaccine, partnering with other top research institutions in the U.S. and around the world such as the Georgia Research Alliance, World Health Organization and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Housed in one of the largest academic centers ever created to investigate new vaccine strategies, the EVC is a world leader in the discovery and development of safe and effective vaccines.
The Emory Vaccine Center is doing amazing things with every dollar available, but we urgently need your help. Prestigious federal grants fail to cover many essential expenses and can be elusive for young scientists with novel but untested ideas.
Your support of these researchers acts as a seed grant. On average, each private-funding dollar an Emory Vaccine Center scientist receives is leveraged into 17 additional future research dollars in the form of prestigious federal grants. Where else can you get this kind of return on investment and support research that will save lives for years to come?
You have our heartfelt gratitude for your support of Charity Treks and the Emory Vaccine Center. Together we can make a difference in the fight against HIV.
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