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11 July 2011
Applying a vaccine patch to the skin with thousands of tiny micro-needles could help boost the body’s immune response and prevent the spread of life-threatening infections like HIV and TB, a major Cardiff University study aims to uncover.
Professor Vincent Piguet from Cardiff University’s School of Medicine, has been awarded almost a million dollars by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to examine how key immune cells in the skin can be targeted to cause the immune system to produce antibodies against infection. Recent advances in the prevention and treatment of HIV - and other life threatening infections like Tuberculosis (TB) and Cytomegalovirus (CMV) - have focused in two main areas.
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