Professor Arturo Reyes-Sandoval and his group have been successfully awarded a number of grants to develop and test vaccines for a number of tropical diseases. Professor Reyes-Sandoval is a Principal Investigator at The Jenner Institute, where his group are working on an ambitious research program to pioneer vaccines for 4 neglected and emerging infectious diseases: Dengue, P. vivax malaria, Chikingunya and Zika disease.
Together with Dr Alain Kohl and Dr Arvind Patel from the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research his group will be developing and trialling a new Zika vaccine in response to the call from the Department of Health, Medical Research Council and Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, for proposals for projects linked to the objectives of the UK Vaccine Network.
Professor Reyes-Sandoval also had all 3 of his grant applications funded that he and his team submitted to Department of Health’s “New vaccines for global epidemics: development and manufacture”. This includes a phase I clinical trial of a Chikungunya vaccine using a single dose and no adjuvant, a trial assessing efficacy of a dengue vaccine and some pre-clinical work on a Zika virus.
Professor Reyes-Sandoval has been centrally involved in the development of a collaborative centre in Mexico, which will in turn foster collaborative work between Mexican and Oxford scientists, including the development of these vaccines.