The Maurice R. Hilleman Early-Stage Career Investigator Award memorializes the lifetime achievements of Maurice R. Hilleman, PhD in the field of vaccinology. Dr. Hilleman was a long-serving member of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) Board of Directors and Board of Trustees and was the 1998 recipient of the NFID Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement. This award recognizes promising scientists in the early stages of their careers in any field of vaccinology, from basic research, through preclinical and clinical studies, manufacturing, and production, to related research in public health, agriculture, health delivery, policy, and regulatory matters. The award provides $10,000 to support research activities at the awardees' institution as well as a travel stipend and complimentary registration to attend the following year’s Annual Conference on Vaccine Research.Jesse Erasmus (Human Pathophysiology and Translational Medicine) was awarded the Maurice R, Hilleman Early-Stage Career Investigator Award at the 18th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research held April 13-15, 2015 in Bethesda, Maryland
The Sealy Center for Vaccine Development (SCVD), in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters, is sponsoring an internship program during calendar year 2015. The internship program will support three graduate students per year, with each student spending three months in Geneva, Switzerland.
We believe this program represents an outstanding career development opportunity for UTMB’s students and trainees and will provide the successful interns with first-hand experience of global health planning and policy. SCVD will facilitate the application process and work with WHO on the project design and implementation.
Three UTMB graduate students have been recently selected as interns. We congratulate Heather Pearcy (Medical Humanities), Shannon Ronca (Experimental Pathology) and Bethany Tiner (Microbiology & Immunology).
The Sealy Center for Vaccine Development and World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Vaccine Research, Evaluation and Training on Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases has opportunities during 2015 for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to undertake UTMB-based internships in vaccinology. The successful applicants will be participating in the preparation of vaccines-related analysis and briefing documents that will be provided to World Health Organization committees, such as the Product Development for Vaccines Advisory Committee.
Interns will be conducting all-source document and data review to prepare a report addressing criteria provided by the WHO related to a specific vaccine or disease area -for the Spring 2015 group this will be a Chikungunya virus vaccine. The interns will be working in a small team under the direction of Dr.David Beasley. The tasks will be of 2-3 months duration and require approximately 8-10 hours per week of effort. For academic purposes, interns are eligible to enroll in a graded graduate course elective with credit. Additional tasks will be scheduled in the spring or summer of 2015.
Three UTMB graduate students have been recently selected as interns and are currently working on the analysis of a virus vaccine pipeline. We congratulate (as pictured) Jesse Erasmus (Human Pathophysiology and Translational Medicine), Chareles "Brent" Chesson (Human Pathophysiology and Translational Medicine) and Claire Smalley (Department of Pathology).
Two additional UTMB graduate students have been recently selected as interns and are currently working on the analysis of a second virus vaccine pipeline. We congratulate Brian Dawes (MD-PhD Microbiology & Immunology) and Ben Satterfield (MD-PhD Microbiology & Immunology).
Description: Outlines in a clear, practical format the entire vaccine development process, from conceptualization and basic immunological principles through to clinical testing and licensing of vaccines. With an outstanding introduction to the history and practice of vaccinology, it also guides the reader through the basic science relating to host immune responses to pathogens.
Covering the safety, regulatory, ethical, and economic and geographical issues that drive vaccine development and trials, it also presents vaccine delivery strategies, novel vaccine platforms (including experimental vaccines and pathogens), antigen development and selection, vaccine modelling, and the development of vaccines against emerging pathogens and agents of bioterror. There are also sections devoted to veterinary vaccines and associated regulatory processes.
Vaccinology: An Essential Guide is a perfect tool designed for undergraduates and graduate microbiologists and immunologists, as well as residents, fellows and trainees of infectious disease and vaccinology. It is also suitable for all those involved in designing and conducting clinical vaccine trials, and is the ideal companion to the larger reference book Vaccinology: Principles and Practice.
About the Editors
Drs. Alan Barrett and Gregg Milligan are world-renowned experts in vaccine development and viral immunology. Dr. Barrett, a recognized leader in the biology of flaviviruses, researches tropical virus diseases such as dengue, West Nile, yellow fever and Japanese encephalitis. He has made important contributions to molecular aspects of immunogens and preclinical development of candidate vaccines for these diseases, and studies on the current yellow fever 17D vaccine. Dr. Milligan's research focuses on the innate and adaptive immune responses to herpesviruses. Additionally, he examines the linkage of the innate immune response to vaccines with the development of adaptive immune responses and the role of tissue-resident immune memory cells in protection against virus infections and disease.
Eleven of Tweleve UTMB Contributing Authors
Front Row: Richard Rupp MD, David Walker MD, Bridget Hawkins PhD MBA, Christine Arcari PhD MPH
Back Row: Jai Rudra PhD, Gregg Milligan PhD, Alfredo Torres PhD, Jere McBride PhD, David Bealsey PhD, Nigel Bourne PhD, Alan Barrett PhD
Not pictured: Dennis Trent PhD