Cyclists Raise Funds for Vaccine Research


Action Cycling Atlanta’s 200-mile bike rides have raised more than $1 million for vaccine research and HIV/AIDS service organizations.

In the nine years since a group of cyclists formed Action Cycling Atlanta to raise awareness and support for the Emory Vaccine Center, the nonprofit has raised more than $1 million. This year the group raised $231,000 through its latest two-hundred-mile bike ride. The tenth anniversary ride is planned for May 19–20, 2012.

“An effective HIV/AIDS vaccine remains the most challenging and the most essential goal in the world’s fight against this challenging disease,” said Rafi Ahmed, director of the Emory Vaccine Center and a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar.

“Scientists continue to make significant progress in creating vaccines to prevent and treat HIV infection, and the Emory Vaccine Center is at the forefront of this effort,” he said.

The Emory Vaccine Center is the only university-based vaccine research center in the United States to have an AIDS vaccine candidate in clinical trials.

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