The HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) and Merck Announce Press Briefing on Data From STEP Study

    SEATTLE, WA, Nov. 5 /CNW/ -


    WHAT:    Press briefing on STEP study data

    WHO:     Lawrence Corey, M.D., principal investigator, HVTN and
             co-director of Vaccine and Infectious Disease Institute at Fred
             Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

             Margaret I. Johnston, Ph.D., director, Vaccine Research Program
             in the Division of AIDS, National Institute of Allergy and
             Infectious Diseases

             Keith Gottesdiener, M.D., vice president, Clinical Research,
             Merck Research Laboratories

    WHEN:    Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007
             1-2 p.m. PST Early call-in and login recommended.

    WHERE:   Grand Hyatt Hotel, Stevens Boardroom, 7th Floor, 721 Pine St,
             Seattle, WA 98101

    ONLINE:  Click on the following link to access the press briefing via
             (a password is not required to join online)
             Early registration is encouraged.If you experience technical
             difficulties, please contact WebEx Technical Support at

             Teleconference details:

             I. Dial-in Domestic Toll Free (US and Canada):
             (800) 203-2706
             Participant Passcode: 887 422 43

             II. Dial-in international toll-free numbers available for these
                 --  Australia: 1800.00.2971
                 --  Brazil: 0008.172.005.239
                 --  South Africa: 0800.99.6636
                 --  UK: 0-808-234-7616
                 Participant Passcode: 887 422 43

             III. All other international callers:
             (617) 614-3680
             Participant Passcode: 887 422 43
    For previously reported information on the STEP study and another phase II
clinical trial with Merck's investigational HIV vaccine (V520), visit:

    At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, our interdisciplinary teams of
world-renowned scientists and humanitarians work together to prevent, diagnose
and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other diseases. Our researchers, including
three Nobel laureates, bring a relentless pursuit and passion for health,
knowledge and hope to their work and to the world. For more information,
please visit

     Dean Forbes
     (206) 667-2896 or (206) 605-0311


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