Campus News

May 11, 2011

Take Note

AV200 ride pumps AIDS vaccine effort

More than 150 bicycle riders will join the two-day, 200-mile AIDS Vaccine 200 (AV200) ride to benefit AIDS vaccine research at the Emory Vaccine Center.

The event on May 14-15 is sponsored by volunteer-run Action Cycling Atlanta.

This year's ride travels from Emory to Eatonton in the Oconee National Forest and back. Participants include individual riders and relay teams, with support from a volunteer crew.

This marks the ninth year of the Action Cycling ride, which so far has raised $750,000 for AIDS vaccine research, in addition to $28,000 for local HIV/AIDS service organizations.

Action Cycling Atlanta has been able to donate 100 percent of all funds raised by participants.

"An effective HIV/AIDS vaccine remains the most challenging and the most essential goal in the world's fight against this challenging disease," says 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," Ahmed adds.

To ride, volunteer to help with the logistics or support the cause, visit Action Cycling Atlanta. 

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