FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

NIAID names John R. Mascola new Vaccine Research Center director

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases a subsidiary of the National Institutes of Health, announced on Oct. 17 that John R. Mascola will be the new director of its Vaccine Research Center.

"John Mascola is a visionary leader who brings a wealth of talents as a basic scientist, clinician, clinical trialist and administrator to the helm of the Vaccine Research Center," NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci said. "In particular, his exemplary work on elucidating the protective role of antibodies against HIV has greatly influenced current vaccine design efforts. I am confident that Dr. Mascola will continue and even accelerate our momentum toward the development of novel, effective vaccines against infectious diseases."

Mascola is a renowned expert on the development of the HIV vaccines. As the director of the VRC, he will lead the Center's research program toward the development and testing of novel candidate vaccines against HIV/AIDS and other diseases that threaten the world.

"The Vaccine Research Center is a unique, state-of-the-art facility, with a complement of extraordinarily dedicated and talented scientists and staff," Mascola said. "I am honored to be selected as its new director. I look forward to expanding our basic research on immune responses to HIV and other infections and applying this knowledge to the development of strategies to prevent and treat human diseases."

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