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TapImmune Inc. (OTCQB:TPIV) is pleased to announce that Dr. Keith Knutson, PhD (vgtifl.org/keith-knutson-phd) has been appointed to chair the company's scientific advisory board. Dr. Knutson is Director of the Cancer Vaccines and Immune Therapies Program at the Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute of Florida, a nonprofit biomedical research institute in Port St. Lucie, FL (VGTI Florida). TapImmune has licensed cancer vaccine technologies originating from Dr. Knutson's former laboratory at the Mayo Clinic, which are currently completing Phase I clinical trials in breast and ovarian cancer. The start of Phase II clinical studies in planned for the end of 2014. Glynn Wilson, TapImmune CEO said, "We are delighted to have someone with Keith's vision and scientific knowledge to lead our scientific advisory board. As a recognized leader in immunotherapy of breast and ovarian cancer, it is a great to have his input into the Company's clinical development programs. Under Dr. Knutson's...
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The Vaccine and Gene Institute of Florida (VGTI Florida) announced today that the US Patent and Trademark Office awarded VGTI Florida scientists Dr. Rafick-Pierre Sékaly, Ph.D. and Dr. Elias Haddad, Ph.D. U.S. Patent No. 8,647,822 titled DETERMINING WHETHER A TEST COMPOUND MODULATES PD-1 ACTIVITY IN ACTIVATED IMMUNE CELLS USING GENE EXPRESSION PROFILES.
PD-1 Gene Expression Profiles for Drug Development US Patent Awarded to VGTI Florida® Scientists

Anthony Westbury: It's not your father's old science project, thank goodness

By: Anthony Westbury
Source: TCPalm.com
Date: February 19, 2014
Anthony Westbury: It's not your father's old science project, thank goodness By Anthony Westbury Monday, February 17, 2014 As a parent, I’ve endured many a science project. I still have the scars and bags under the eyes to prove it. Yet none of the projects I was cajoled into working on was anywhere near as good as those I saw at last week’s 26th annual St. Lucie County STEM science fair. The almost 300 students and their cardboard creations were crammed into three floors of the Kight Center at Indian River State College. The students stood shoulder to shoulder as they waited for the judges to arrive. Of the 270 projects presented Thursday, 14 of the best will go on to the state competition in Cocoa in early March. An awards ceremony to announce the St. Lucie County winners will be 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Fort Pierce Central High School auditorium. From the state level, the best of the best may be chosen to compete at an international science fair in May in Los Angeles...
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The Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute of Florida (VGTI Florida) hosted a delegation of medical scientists from the Karolinska Institutet for a research symposium titled “Innovative Approaches to Treating the Diseases of Aging”, held on February 5th-6th, 2014. Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, is world renowned for bestowing the annual Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Over the course of two days, researchers from VGTI Florida and Karolinska University, along with guest speakers from across North America, presented on topics that focus on diseases of aging. The symposium was one of the first steps that VGTI Florida is taking towards developing the Center for Diseases of Aging (CDA) at their location in Port St. Lucie, FL. The CDA will be a platform for scientists from VGTI Florida to find solutions to health issues in the aging population in collaboration with scientists from Karolinska Institutet and other medical research institutions around the world...

VGTI Florida® Scientists Awarded 3.8MM NIH Grant For HIV Research

By: VGTI Florida®
Date: February 6, 2014
A team of scientists from the Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute (VGTI Florida) has recently been awarded a sizeable five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The team lead by Dr. Lydie Trautmann, Ph.D includes Drs. Elias Haddad, Ph.D. and Nicolas Chomont, Ph.D. will study newly HIV infected patient’s earliest immune response to antiretroviral therapy (ART) before the virus causes damage to the patient’s immune system. The VGTI Florida research team will be collaborating with scientists in Thailand led by Dr. Jintanat Ananworanich, M.D., Ph.D., Deputy Director of Scientific Affairs at the HIV Netherlands Australia Thailand Research Collaboration (HIV-NAT) as well as the Associate Director for HIV Therapeutics Research at the US Military HIV Research Program in Maryland, USA. It is becoming increasingly evident that ART is not a long-term solution for HIV infected patients because it has been associated with cardiovascular diseases and other serious complications.

Once again this year, the Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute of Florida (VGTI Florida) has partnered with the St. Lucie County School District to bring an exciting educational experience to students in local schools by providing a real-world science learning opportunity. "Saturdays with Scientists" was designed for fifth-grade students, and features a hands-on laboratory experience, highlighting a key scientific concept in their current science curriculum. Students get to work side by side with VGTI Florida scientists and learn how scientists actually work. Participating students spend two and a half hours working in a laboratory at VGTI Florida to perform actual experiments. Two VGTI Florida staff scientists assist with the experimental protocol and execution of the lesson plan. “We are proud to have the opportunity to be involved with and encourage the next generation of scientists right here on the Treasure Coast,” said Richard Jove, Ph.D....
VGTI Florida Excites Young Students About Science with “Saturdays with Scientists” Program

Dr. Ted Ross Presents to the Rotary Club of Vero Beach

By: VGTI Florida®
Date: January 13, 2014
With the flu season peaking earlier than normal this season and with the return of the H1N1 Swine Flu, which poses a serious danger to even young, healthy adults, health-care workers are now urging everyone to get a flu shot. But what if a single flu shot of a more "universal flu vaccine" could effectively protect us all against flu regardless of season-to-season variation? This broad protection could decrease the need for most to get a flu shot each year. This is the approach that is soon to reach human clinical trials according to Dr. Ted Ross, Program Director of Vaccines and Viral Immunity at VGTI Florida®.
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Dr. Ted Ross Presents to the Rotary Club of Vero Beach

VGTI Florida Hosts Scientific Delegates from Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet

By: VGTI Florida®
Date: October 29, 2013
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – October 29, 2013 – Scientists from the medical university Karolinska Institutet (KI), Stockholm, Sweden met with researchers at the Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute of Florida (VGTI Florida®) in Port St. Lucie, Florida for a three-day visit this October. Karolinska Institutet and VGTI scientists discussed opportunities for the development of collaborations between the two organizations to further both institutes’ research programs. During the in-depth meetings, the researchers focused on how their respective basic and clinical research capabilities in inflammation, cancer, cardiovascular, and infectious disease research could complement and enhance each other, potentially leading to the development of novel therapeutics for difficult human diseases. Of particular interest is the impact of aging on the functioning of the immune system on disease, and the responses to therapy. Participants noted that there were many parallels to discuss...

Experts predict dengue fever will become endemic in South Florida

By: Will Greenlee
Source: The Republic - Columbus, Indiana
Date: October 21, 2013
STUART, Fla. — Medical and health experts are saying dengue fever could become more common in South Florida in years to come. The suggestion comes as health officials begin an analysis of a community survey and blood samples taken from some residents in the Rio and Jensen Beach areas near here, where 20 cases of the disease have been publicly reported since mid-August. For 10 days ending Sept. 22, health officials surveyed and took about 360 blood samples. "My prediction is that we're going to continue to have these small outbreaks like this — 20 cases here, a few cases there, and we will be able to control them for some period of time," said Dr. Aileen Chang of the University of Miami, an expert who spoke three weeks ago with health care providers in Fort Pierce and Stuart. "But given that we have the mosquitoes, we have the right habitat here, we have a lot of travelers, my prediction is that eventually (the region) will become an endemic area for dengue."...
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