At the Population Council’s Center for Biomedical Research, scientists are advancing knowledge of the biological mechanisms of HIV transmission and disease progression. Our research has clarified the role dendritic cells can play in promoting beneficial immune responses, as well as in driving HIV infection. This knowledge allows us to develop effective HIV prevention technologies.
The Council has long been a leader in product development and has contributed significantly to the field of HIV microbicides. Additional research is focused on developing a dual-purpose vaginal ring that releases contraceptives and microbicides.