Scientific Director: Kathryn C. Zoon, Ph.D.
The NIAID Division of Intramural Research (DIR) conducts basic and clinical research in a wide range of disciplines related to immunology, allergy, and infectious diseases. DIR scientists study all aspects of infectious diseases such as AIDS, malaria, and influenza, including the causative agent, vectors, and pathogenesis in the human host. The purpose of the DIR is to make scientific discoveries that promote the development of new vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics to improve human health. Toward this goal, the DIR works to:
A strong clinical research component is integral to the DIR, allowing key lab discoveries to be rapidly translated into methods to prevent, diagnose, or treat disease.
Acting Scientific Director: John R. Mascola, M.D.
The NIAID Vaccine Research Center (VRC) conducts research that facilitates the development of effective vaccines for human disease. The primary focus of research is the development of vaccines for HIV/AIDS. VRC activities include the following:
The VRC conducts a comprehensive program of research on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD, and works with scientists in academic, clinical, and industrial laboratories through a program of national and international collaborations. The VRC actively seeks industrial partners for the development, efficacy testing, and marketing of vaccines and focus the development of new methodologies and training opportunities to benefit all HIV vaccine researchers. These scientific advances, methodologies, and resources help form the basis for research on vaccines for other diseases.