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Research during Ebola vaccine trial: It’s complicated

Science Magazine featured research in the Democratic Republic of Congo being led by Anne Rimoin, associate professor of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Rimoin and colleagues are collecting blood samples from volunteers who are participating in the Ebola vaccine trial there in order to better understand responses to the vaccine. 

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Since 2015, a group led by epidemiologist Anne Rimoin from the University of California, Los Angeles, has been working with colleagues in the DRC on an Ebola study that has taken blood samples from more than 1000 health care workers, as well as about 100 survivors and their contacts. Now, in collaboration with Boum and the vaccine team, the group is expanding that work to collect samples from the new volunteers who are participating in the vaccine trial. “Usually during outbreaks you’re scrambling to get these protocols in place and luckily we already have one that matches up quite nicely with the objective of the government and everyone who is wondering how well these vaccines might work,” Rimoin says.

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