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August 8, 2002



What: Silent Art Auction

Why: To benefit AIDS vaccine research

When: Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11

Where: Birdi's, (115 Sycamore St.; Downtown Decatur)

Downtown Decatur's Birdi's restaurant is hosting a silent art auction to benefit the Emory Vaccine Center and the UCLA AIDS Foundation. Local artists, such as Jody McFerren, Dan Dubois, Dewayne Mullis, and others, are donating their work for the auction.

Winning bids from the weekend auction will be posted on Sunday evening.

The Hope Clinic of the Emory Vaccine Center is a newly created Emory clinical research facility devoted to clinical trials of promising new vaccines and therapeutic interventions. Staff from the Clinic will be present on Friday, August 9, to greet patrons, the media, and others interested in AIDS vaccine research.

Investigators at the Hope Clinic, located at 603 Church St. in Decatur, use the facility to translate basic research findings into useful clinical advances in preventing and treating some of the world's most challenging infectious diseases, including AIDS and malaria.

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