The SCVD hosts a biennial symposium on vaccine development and organizes and sponsors a local seminar series including invited speakers from biotech and pharmaceutical companies, government agencies and academia. Our latest symposium, entitled The Changing Landscape of Vaccine Development: Vaccines for Biothreats and Emerging and Neglected Diseases, occurred in November 2009 and was well attended (approximately 300 registrants) and we received very positive comments from both speakers and attendees. It focused mainly on the progression of vaccine development from the bench to the bedside to the global community. This symposium brought together experts in the areas of immunology, pathogenesis, adjuvant systems, preclinical development, clinical trials, epidemiology, risk assessment, governmental regulation and vaccine acceptance.
We also host a number of invited speakers from biotech and pharmaceutical companies, government agencies, and other academic institutions that give seminars at UTMB on a variety of topics that are of interest to students and faculty alike.