For medical research, the biggest hurdle is bringing a vaccine to human trial. In 2010 HIV/Aids was responsible for approximately 1.8 million deaths worldwide. Today there are 33 million people living with HIV/AIDS. End HIV (The Abzyme Research Foundation) believes they have a vaccine. Now they need help bringing the research to a human trial.
Supporting research is at the heart of what End HIV does, and so confident are they in the research, they’ve boldly embarked on a remarkable mission: To eradicate HIV/AIDS in our lifetime. How did it all get started? In 2008, End HIV founder Zachary Barnett came across a CBS video featuring Dr. Sudhir Paul, a researcher at the University of Texas. In this video, entitled “Possible HIV Cure,” Dr. Paul hails “abzymes” as the “Achilles heel of the HIV virus.” It inspired Mr. Barnett, so much so, that a fortnight later he had already connected with Dr. Paul and began strategizing first steps.
Zachary and End HIV have spent the past three years hosting events and using public relations to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and abzyme research, and to raise funds to continue the research. Right now, they’re fundraising toward a $1.2 million goal for the first human trail for the vaccine. The goal of this trial is to validate the results of their preclinical studies that show abzymes as capable of destroying HIV’s ability to replicate in HIV+ human tissue samples.
What’s the potential? The world’s first effective HIV vaccine and improved treatment for the over 33 million HIV+ people worldwide.
End HIV signed up with Catchafire to recruit skilled professionals to join their mission and help them achieve their goals of raising awareness and research funds. They have already completed one Catchafire project and have two projects available:
- The first is a Public Relations Plan that will support the foundation’s first PSA series, Voices For A Vaccine featuring Rachel Zoe. End HIV are seeking an exciting and talented PR professional to help them make this project as big and impactful as possible.
- The second project is a Social Media Campaign. This is an opportunity to help create a compelling HIV research advocacy campaign that spreads innovative online videos such as this video featuring Rachel Zoe and Fortunata Kasege and graphic works via End HIV’s social media outlets.
To apply to these projects, join End HIV and be a part of their important cause, follow the links above. If you’re not registered as a pro bono professional, first register here.