Pushing the frontiers of science--the Population Council's Microbicide Basic Science Network on vaginal microbicide research

Johansson, E.D.; Maguire, R.A.; Phillips, D.M.

International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics the Official Organ of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics 67 Suppl. 2: S117-S124


ISSN/ISBN: 0020-7292
PMID: 10661749
DOI: 10.1016/s0020-7292(99)00155-1
Document Number: 525467
Microbicides are the new frontier of products for the prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Twelve years ago, scientists realized that existing spermicides had some anti-microbial activity and perhaps could be improved or reformulated with new compounds to provide a complete barrier against STIs. However, the development and successful marketing of an effective, non-toxic, convenient and affordable vaginal microbicide that women can use on a long-term basis hinges on a close collaboration between research institutions and the pharmaceutical industry. The Population Council has recently taken the first step in instituting a multifaceted strategy for the development of a microbicide by establishing the Microbicide Basic Science Network, comprising of scientists with diverse backgrounds and expertize.

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