MUCOSAL SAMPLING AND IMMUNOLOGY TRAINING
18th-20th JANUARY 2016
KAVI-INSTITUTUE OF CLINICAL RESEARCH (ICR)
KAVI-ICR conducted a mucosal sampling and immunology training from the 18th-22nd January 2016 held at KAVI-ICR research laboratory. The participants were drawn from laboratory scientist from India. Transmission of HIV-1 occurs predominantly across the genital mucosa during sexual intercourse. Consequently there is a growing interest in understanding host mucosal responses to HIV-1 during infection, and in assessing protective mucosal responses during microbicide and HIV vaccine trials. It is thus necessary to obtain samples from mucosal surfaces for immunological analysis in a standardized and reproducible manner, ensuring comparable data across studies and research centers. KAVI-ICR developed a 5-day hands-on training program on the collection and processing of mucosal samples, and transferred the techniques to research staff from India.