The CUTHIVAC trial has now enrolled 26 people. We are close to having the full 30 people required enrolled, which is fantastic news for the whole team. The Clinical Trial Centre at St Mary’s is in the midst of a very busy October, with participants coming in for visits every day.

We are still receiving emails showing interest in the trial, which is very encouraging. Even when screening is full we are happy to record contact details and get in touch with willing participants in the New Year about new projects. The social media response we have been getting has been fantastic. The Facebook pages for both ‘Help Make History’ and ‘CUTHIVAC’ receive lots of comments and new likes each week. We are still tweeting every day over at so please do follow us.

Hopefully the next update will be an announcement that we are fully enrolled. October is a big month for CUTHIVAC!    

Lauren Rellis, posted on: 13th October 2014

CUTHIVAC trial update

The month of October promises to be huge for the CUTHIVAC 001 trial. Our first participant had the final study visit and has successfully completed the trial. This month we will also enrol our 30th and final participant! It’s been a very busy 6 months but a massive thank you to all the participants involved- watch this space for CUTHIVAC 002 coming up in the new year.




Goli Haidari, posted on 9th Oct 2014

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