Innovative Dual-Vaccine Proposal Wins 2012 Avant-Garde Award for Medications Development

NIDA has selected Doctor Gary R. Matyas as the recipient of their Avant-Garde Award for Medications Development for 2012. Doctor Matyas proposes to develop a vaccine that could treat both heroin and HIV at the same time, which could save countless lives. This dual vaccine would help address the issue of HIV infection and heroin use, which for many, is an interwoven issue. NIDA and the U.S. Military HIV Research Program have previously agreed to collaborate on this dual-vaccine project in the recognition that both heroin addiction and the spread of HIV are considered to be world-wide health problems.

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