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UTMB to conduct pediatric H1N1 vaccine trials

Houston Business Journal — August 14, 2009

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is joining Baylor College of Medicine in testing the H1N1 flu vaccine.

The medical center has been selected by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to conduct pediatric vaccine trials.

"Because children have had so many fewer seasons of exposure to influenza, their immune systems are considered nave and at much higher risk for serious illness and death than adults," Dr. Christine Turley, vice chairwoman for pediatric clinical services at UTMB, said. "This is a key reason that the vaccine is being studied in children so quickly."

Last week, Baylor College of Medicine began enrolling adults in its vaccine trials.

It is one of eight federally funded sites taking part in studies to determine the best dose of the experimental vaccine to protect against the H1N1 virus.

News that UTMB is conducting the trials also was reported by KTRK-TV (Ch. 13) Houston, KHOU-TV (Ch. 11) Houston, the Beaumont Enterprise and the Galveston County Daily News. The Houston Chronicle's Robert Stanton wrote about it in his blog, Galveston After Ike. KXLN-TV (Ch. 45) Univision in Houston on Sunday interviewed UTMB's Dr. Ragini Miryala about the trials.

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