Epidemiologist Seth Berkley is leading the charge to develop a vaccine against HIV — and to make sure vaccines are available for those living in the developing world.

Why you should listen

The campaign to end HIV/AIDS involves a raft of social and behavioral changes -- but as Seth Berkley knows, we'll never completely vanquish the disease until we have a vaccine. To move the needle, in 1996 Berkley, a medical doctor with a legendary globe-trotting career in international health, founded the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), a nonprofit that is working to develop preventive HIV vaccines by investing in HIV/AIDS vaccine research, development and testing.

He has worked for the Center for Infectious Diseases of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and for the Carter Center, where he was assigned as an epidemiologist at the Ministry of Health in Uganda; he played a key role in Uganda’s national HIV sero-survey and helped develop its National AIDS Control programs. In 2009, Berkley was named to Time's list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

What others say

“Unfortunately, we're still losing against AIDS, badly. But there are good reasons to think we can win.” — Seth Berkley

Seth Berkley’s TED talks

Seth Berkley on the TED Blog

Q&A

Q&A with Seth Berkley: The search for an AIDS vaccine

May 27, 2010

Before his talk posted today, the TED Blog talked to epidemiologist and founder of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), Seth Berkley. He told the story of the beginnings of IAVI, exploring why different decisions have historically been made in response to the HIV pandemic and explaining why a vaccine makes sense today. Read on […]

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HIV and flu — the vaccine strategy: Seth Berkley on TED.com

May 27, 2010

Seth Berkley explains how smart advances in vaccine design, production and distribution are bringing us closer than ever to eliminating a host of global threats — from AIDS to malaria to flu pandemics. (Recorded at TED2010, February 2010 in Long Beach, CA. Duration: 21:05) Watch Seth Berkley’s talk on TED.com, where you can download this […]

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Quotes from Seth Berkley

As many times as [HIV] changes its clothes, it’s still wearing the same socks, and now our job is to make sure we get the body to really hate those socks.
Seth Berkley
TED2010 • 431K views May 2010
Informative, Fascinating
As variable as flu is, HIV makes flu look like the Rock of Gibraltar. The virus that causes AIDS is the trickiest pathogen scientists have ever confronted.
Seth Berkley
TED2010 • 431K views May 2010
Informative, Fascinating