Here at St Mary’s we are thrilled that the CUTHIVAC trial has now got 10 people enrolled. We are edging ever closer to the halfway mark. We have just had these fabulous badges delivered for those who are participating in the electroporation group:


The last few weeks have seen a flurry of news reports surrounding HIV. Stories have ranged from research to the extremely tragic news of those travelling to the World Aids conference in Melbourne on Malaysian airlines flight MH17, which crashed last week. Extremely sad news all round and very sad for those in the HIV research sector who have lost friends and colleagues:

Other prominent news came in the form of the ‘cured’ Mississippi baby, in whom the virus has reappeared. Professor Robin Shattock, who works on the CUTHIVAC trial we are currently recruiting for, spoke to the BBC about this. You can hear the discussion here:

Dr Sarah Fidler, a consultant at the Clinical Trials Unit at St Mary’s, is featured in this article about future research:

This piece, features on BBC News Magazine section, talks about children orphaned by HIV in Kenya, and the progress they have made in caring for the young patients and the battle they still have ahead:

With so much happening in the media and good progress being made with the trial, the team at St Mary’s who are behind the phone calls and emails that participants receive would like to say thank you!  Thank you for spreading the word, volunteering your time and showing interest in what we are doing. You can still get involved in the trial, simply email for more information and to chat with the team.



Lauren Rellis, posted on: 24th July 2014

CUTHIVAC trial recruiting currently

Hello everyone. My name is Goli and I’ve just joined the team at the Clinical Trials Unit as a clinical fellow. I will be working on the CUTHIVAC trial- this is the HIV vaccine trial for healthy volunteers aged between 18-45. Our main aim is to investigate the safety of the vaccine, and of course the way the body’s immune system responds.

If you are interested and will be available for the next 6 months or so please email us for further information on

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.


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Goli Haidari, posted on 12 May 2014

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One of the main reasons that clinical trials ‘fail’ is because they don’t recruit as many volunteers as needed before the money runs out or the product being tested expires. We have struggled with almost all the healthy volunteer studies that we have been involved with in UK. 

This may be partly explained by the fact that we are investigating products to prevent HIV, and HIV is an infection that people are scared of. When people get the chance to speak to us, we can usually address their concerns as these invariably arise from misconceptions.

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In 1983 the virus causing HIV was first identified, 2 years after the first patients with AIDS were described in the scientific literature. By 1984 there was a reliable test that, if positive, meant an individual had acquired HIV.  It was already suspected that AIDS was transmitted through body fluids, but having the test helped to confirm this and to create a clearer picture of who was at high risk, and which countries had the highest proportion of positive individuals.

Today, the global burden of HIV is greatest in sub-Saharan Africa and these countries are struggling to deliver treatment and care to an ever increasing number of HIV positive individuals.

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