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Sealy Center for Vaccine Development (SCVD) Co-Sponsored the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases’ (NFID’s) 15th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research

The SCVD co-sponsored the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases’ (NFID’s) 15th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research, held in Baltimore, MD on May 7-9, 2012. This meeting attracted 300 participants including SCVD sponsored trainees and faculty. We held an abstract competition for trainees and received many excellent applications from graduate students and postdoctoral scientists. Jingya Xia, a graduate student in Dr. Gregg N Milligan's laboratory, presented her research titled: “Deficiency of TLR3 and MyD88-dependent signalling impairs T and B cell responses to a live attenuated single cycle vaccine”. Dr. Olga Lihoradova, a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Tetsuro Ikegami's lab, presented her research entitled,“Characterization of Rift Valley fever MP-12 vaccine encodingthe NSs gene derived from other phleboviruses”.

NFID Photo Booth 2012
SCVD booth at the NFID 15th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research in Baltimore, Maryland, May 7-9, 2012.

Back Row (left to right): Tetsuro Ikegami, PhD, DVM; Dennis Trent, PhD; Trevor Brasel, PhD; Alexey Seregin; Sabarish Indran, PhD; Front Row (left to right): Richard Rupp, MD; Jingya Xia; Alvah Cass, MD, SM; Kwabena Sarpong, MD, MPH; Alan Barrett, PhD; Olga Lihoradova, PhD and Bridget Hawkins, PhD

Congrats to Dr. Olga Lihoradova for winning the prestigious Maurice R. Hilleman Early Stage Career Investigator Award at the NFID meeting! The Maurice R. Hilleman Early-Stage Career Investigator Award memorializes the lifetime achievements of Dr. Maurice R. Hilleman in the field of vacinology and provides $10,000 to support research activities at the awardee’s institution as well as a travel stipend and complimentary registration to attend the following year’s Annual Conference on Vaccine Research.

We also staffed an information booth in the exhibition hall, providing an opportunity to inform the attendees about SCVD. Bridget E Hawkins, PhD, MBA, and Richard E Rupp, MD, provided information about vaccine-related research, education and clinical trials being undertaken at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB).

SCVD Travel Award Competition for Keystone Symposium

The SCVD held an abstract competition for trainees to the Keystone Symposium on Molecular and Cellular Biology: Immunological Mechanisms of Vaccination held at the Fairmont Château Laurier Hotel in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on December 13-18, 2012.

We received many excellent applications from graduate students and postdoctoral scientists. Christie Hay, a graduate student in Dr. Lynn Soong's laboratory, was awarded a travel award to attend the Keystone Symposium meeting based on her abstract titled “Leishmania Vaccine Development and Protection”. Shivali Gupta, PhD, a postdoctoral scientist in Dr. Nisha Garg's lab, was also awarded a travel award to attend this meeting for her project “Switching of immune mechanisms elicited by a multi-component DNA-prime/MVA-boost vaccine in response to Trypanosoma cruzi infection and Chagas disease in mice”.

Faculty Awards

Dr. Gregg N. Milligan, Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Senior Scientist for the SCVD, received the James and Vicki McCoy Professorship in Vaccinology on May 11, 2012.

Drs. Bridget Hawkins and Richard Rupp won a President’s Cabinet Award for their project entitled: “Public Vaccine Education Campaign: Enhancing Our Community’s Understanding of the Importance of Vaccines and the Diseases They Prevent”. This award is to fund a two-year project involving public outreach efforts, podcasts, website content, videos and articles geared towards educating the public about vaccine-preventable diseases and why vaccinations are important.

SCVD Fellowships

The SCVD sponsors a number of pre- and postdoctoral fellowships and travel award support for graduate students and postdoctoral scientists.

SCVD is proud to announce our continued support for current fellows:

Olga KolokoltsovaOlga Kolokoltsova graduated from the Novosibirsk State University in Novosibirsk, Russia with a MS in Cytology and Genetics in 2001. She is currently a student in the Experimental Pathology graduate program and is mentored by Slobodon Paessler, DVM, PhD. Olga's proposed research focuses on the mechanism of cell death induction in response to Junin virus and its significance for attenuation of the vaccine strain of Junin virus.

 

 

Taslima LinaTaslima Lina graduated from the University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh with a MS in Microbiology in 2006. She is currently a student in the Microbiology and Immunology graduate program and is mentored by Victor E Reyes, PhD. Taslima's proposed research focuses on the characterization of immune evasion mechanisms used by Helicobacter pylori that could be targets for vaccine design.