To address the need for increased knowledge in the field of Vaccinology, the Sealy Center for Vaccine Development (SCVD) facilitated the publication of vaccine-related texts for the public as well as academics textbooks.
Description: The last 20 years has seen a rapid increase in infectious diseases, particularly those that are termed "emerging diseases" such as SARS, "neglected diseases" such as malaria, and those that are deemed biothreats such as anthrax. It is well recognized that the most effective modality for preventing infectious diseases is vaccination. This book provides researchers with a better understanding of what is currently known about these diseases, including whether there is a vaccine available or under development. It also informs readers of the key issues in development of a vaccine for each disease.
About the Editors
Drs. Lawrence Stanberry and Alan Barrett, are highly respected authorities in vaccine development. Dr. Barrett, 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. Stanberry focuses on sexually transmitted diseases research and has made important contributions in the areas of tropical microbicides and in herpes simplex virus pathogenesis, immunobiology and antiviral therapy. He has played major roles in the pre-clinical and clinical assessment of many of the herpes vaccines currently in development.
Description: Almost 70% of parents who refuse to vaccinate their children do so because they believe vaccines may cause harm. Indeed vaccines have been blamed for causing asthma, autism, diabetes, and many other conditions, most of which have causes that are incompletely understood. To respond to these concerns about vaccine safety, the National Network for Immunization Information (NNii) writing team of Dr. Martin G. Myers and Diego Pineda have written a book titled, Do Vaccines Cause That?! A Guide for Evaluating Vaccine Safety Concerns. The purpose of the book is to provide parents with clearly understandable, science-based information about vaccines, immunization, and vaccine safety.
This 272-page book is divided in two sections. The first section tells parents how best to weigh and evaluate what they read or hear about vaccine safety, emphasizing how a scientist determines causality. The second section deals specifically with vaccine safety concerns such as asthma, autism, and autoimmune diseases, among others. Back matter includes index, references, and glossary. Cartoons are included at the end of each chapter.
About the Authors
Dr. Myers is an internationally recognized vaccine expert and former director of the National Vaccine Program Office. He is presently Professor Emiritus in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB). Mr. Pineda has been NNii's science writer since 2004.
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.