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Identifying appropriate journals in which to publish original research on vaccines against human infectious diseases - Volume 21, Issue

The most effective way of communicating new research findings is by publishing them in a peer-reviewed journal which is widely read and highly respected. To ensure that important new data are shared with the appropriate audience in a timely manner,…

Science writing workshops for AIDS vaccine researchers in Africa - Volume 22, Issue

The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) is a global scientific and advocacy organisation dedicated to ensuring an AIDS vaccine for use worldwide. In Africa, IAVI partners with seven research centres who conduct vaccine trials and studies.…

Vaccines and immunotherapies - Volume 27, Issue

The use of vaccines and immunotherapies in medicine dates back to the end of the 18th century and the work of Edward Jenner, the father of immunology. Jenner, building on the observations of John Fewster in 1768, showed that inoculation with the…

An introduction to vaccines and immunotherapies - Volume 27, Issue

Vaccines and immunotherapies are among the largest categories for pharmaceutical products, meaning that many medical writers will work in this field. For people new to this area, we describe the basics of how vaccines and immunotherapies work.

HIV vaccine clinical trials: An overview - Volume 27, Issue

More than 30 years after the discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus as the agent that causes AIDS, an effective vaccine against this deadly disease has yet to be developed. The pathway to the development of a vaccine has been riddled with…

Addressing vaccine hesitancy in writing - Volume 27, Issue

Since the infamous article by Wakefield et al. was published in 1998, diseases once nearly eradicated are re-emerging. As a result, research has focused on communication strategies that can successfully combat vaccine hesitancy. Current research…

Pharmacovigilance for vaccines and immunotherapies - Volume 27, Issue

Although the content of EU Periodic Benefit- Risk Evaluation Reports (PBRERs) for vaccines is governed by the same regulatory framework as applies to other medicinal products, the complex nature of vaccines presents vaccine-specific challenges that…

Are stem cells the future of healthcare? - Volume 21, Issue

Stem cell technology holds a key, although arguably not an exclusive position, in the future of healthcare. Alongside two other candidates worthy of this mantle – personalized cancer medicine and vaccine development – all three healthcare…

HIV research fraudster handed stiff prison sentence - Volume 24, Issue

In the December 2014 issue of Medical Writing, I reported that disgraced Iowa State University researcher Dong-Pyou Han was facing fraud charges for faking experiments on a new HIV vaccine.1 In spite of a guilty plea, on 1 July 2015 Dr Han was…

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