Scientist Receives $50K Grant From PETA to Examine Why There’s No Efficient HIV Vaccine After Animal Exams


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December 1, 2023

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Utrecht, Netherlands – On World AIDS Day right this moment, PETA is happy to announce the recipient of a $50,000 grant to fund first-of-its-kind analysis into the many years of animal testing that has failed to supply an HIV vaccine for people. Dr. Merel Ritskes-Hoitinga, a professor specializing in “evidence-based transitions to animal-free improvements” at Utrecht College, and her staff will full the examine subsequent 12 months.

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Ritskes-Hoitinga and her staff beat out candidates from all over the world. They’ve already begun the preliminary levels of a systemic evaluation of research wherein monkeys have been used to check HIV vaccines and can examine that information to assessments of those vaccines in people. The examine is predicted to be accomplished subsequent 12 months, with publication to observe.

“World AIDS Day is a sobering time to recollect the greater than 40 million individuals who have died from HIV and the wasteful animal experiments that saved nobody. Many years of analysis, together with a number of animal research, haven’t resulted in a profitable HIV vaccine for people. This systematic evaluation will scrutinize these leads to element,” says PETA senior scientist Dr. Emily Trunnell. “PETA is delighted to award Utrecht College this grant and appears ahead to Dr. Ritskes-Hoitinga’s findings.”

Solely people contract HIV and develop AIDS. However nonhuman primates have traditionally been the go-to mannequin for HIV analysis. On the seven federally funded primate analysis facilities within the U.S., experimenters infect macaques with simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV), a special illness from HIV that’s distinctive to African primates, or they use an engineered SIV/HIV concoction to imitate the human virus. Thus far, this method hasn’t labored.

Previous to shifting to Utrecht in 2012, Ritskes-Hoitinga—a pacesetter within the discipline of preclinical systematic evaluations—cofounded the Systematic Evaluate Centre for Laboratory Animal Experimentation whereas at Radboud College in Nijmegen.

The grant was made attainable by way of a beneficiant donation from PETA supporters Vienn and Salman Al-Rashid.

PETA—whose motto reads, partly, that “animals aren’t ours to experiment on”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra info on PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please go to, hearken to The PETA Podcast, or observe the group on X (previously Twitter), Fb, or Instagram.


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