Scientific Congresses and Meetings

Drs. Megan Berman and Laura Porterfield attended the 2018 Clinical Vaccinology Course held in Bethesda, MD on 9-10 Nov. 2018. The course is organized by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) and highlights the latest immunization recommendations and current research and innovative clinical practices.
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Dr. Janice Endsley recently visited the Paul-Ehrlich-Institute (PEI, Langen, Germany) on 8-9 Nov. 2018 as part of the WHO Collaborating Center’s international vaccinology internship program. PEI is a collaborator with UTMB’s WHO Collaborating Center (WHO CC) for Vaccine Research, Evaluation and Training on Emerging Infectious Diseases. Dr. Endsley toured the PEI facilities, met with many PEI scientists, gave a presentation. PEI is the Federal Institute for Vaccines and Biomedicines in Germany (similar to the US FDA) and is also the WHO CC for Blood Products and in vitro Diagnostic Devices and the WHO CC for Standardization and Evaluation of Vaccines.
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The World Vaccine Congress Europe is a well established venue for vaccinologists. The 2018 European Congress was held 29-31 October 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. Drs. Alan Barrett, Ashok Chopra, Andrew McNees, and Richard Rupp and Diane Barrett were in attendance.

Invited Talk

A. Chopra. "Vaccines Against Plague". University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX.
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Organized by Vaccine, the premier journal for those interested in vaccine science, the 12th Vaccine Congress 2018 brought together leading experts from all over the world to share the latest cutting-edge discoveries in the field. Dr. Rick Rupp and Ms. Diane Barrett, attended the meeting held 16-19 September 2018 in Budapest, Hungary.

The following are presentations given by SIVS members and students at the conference:

Posters

N. Khakhum, P. Kilgore, J. Myers, P. Bharaj, J. Endsley, A. Torres. "Burkholderia ΔtonB Δhcp live attenuated vaccines against acute respiratory Melioidoses and Glanders". University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX.

H.J. Hallum, N. Lokugamage, T. Ikegami. "Characterization of the genetic compatibility between a Rift Valley fever virus MP-12 vaccine strain and the Arumowot virus". University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX.

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E.J. Mateer, J. Maruyama, J.T. Manning, C. Huang, S. Paessler. "Efficacy of an adenoviral vector vaccine against Lassa fever". University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX.
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The SIVS Clinical Trials Program was represented by Amy Mcmahan, LVN, Kristin Pollock, RN and Diane Barrett, MS, CCRP at the 6th Annual Seaside Senior Expo, a Senior Healthcare Resource Fair, at Moody Methodist Church, Galveston, TX on Friday,  07 September 2018. Attendees who visited the table were informed about the SIVS vaccine clinical trials program and opportunities to volunteer in clinical trials.
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The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Conference for Undergraduate Educators is a forum for microbiology and biology educators. This year, the meeting was held the meeting was held 26-29 July 2018 in Austin, TX.

Invited Talk

A. Torres. "The Art of Making Vaccines". University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX.
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ASM Microbe 2018 is a well established forum for microbiologists and vaccinologists. This year the meeting was held 7-11 June 2018 in Atlanta, GA.

Invited Talk

A. Barrett. "Overview and Challenges of Arboviral Vaccinology". University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX.
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Sponsored by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), the Annual Conference on Vaccinology Research (ACVR) is a well-established meeting for vaccinologists. The 2018 ACVR meeting was held 23-25 April 2018 in Bethesda, MD.

Posters

H.J. Hallam, N. Lokugamage, T. Ikegami. "Characterization of the Genetic Compatibility Between Rift Valley Fever Virus and Arumowot Virus". University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX.

J.A. Kaiser1, H. Luo1, C. Y.-H. Huang2, T. Wang1, A.D.T. Barrett1. "Combination of Independent Attenuating Mutations in West Nile Virus Nonstructural Proteins NS1 and NS4B". 1University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX; 2Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Fort Collins, CO.

R. Al-Lahham1, A. Bittar2, M. Carretero Murillo2, S. McAllen3, N. Bhatt4, A. Ellsworth2, R. Kayed2. "Evaluating Passive Immunotherapy Using Aged Transgenic Animals of Tauopathy". 1University of Texas Medical Branch, League, TX; 2University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX; 3University of Texas Medical Branch, Houston, TX; 4University of Texas, Sugar Land, TX.

E. Dinehart, J.M. Hirth, L. Cofie, R. Rupp, Y. Kuo, A.B. Berenson. "Implementation of an HPV Vaccination Program in University of Texas Medical Branch Pediatric Clinics: What are Patient Coordinator and Provider Perceptions of Remaining Barriers to Vaccination and Program Benefits?" University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX.

E. Davis1, A. Beck2, J. Thompson1, S. Widen1, T. Wood1, A.D.T. Barrett1. "Yellow Fever 17D Vaccine Shows Increased Resistance to Changes in Viability and Viral Diversity After Treatment With the Antiviral Ribavirin When Compared With Wild Type Strain Asibi". 1University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX; 2Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA.

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K. Modjarrad1, A.D. Barrett2, N. Michael1."The Challenges of Vaccine Development for Mosquito-Borne Viral Diseases". 1Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Silver Spring, MD; 2University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX.

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The World Vaccine Congress Washington is a well established venue for vaccinologists. The 2018 Congress was held 2-5 April 2018 in Washington, DC. with Dr. Alan Barrett in attendance.

Invited Talk

P-Y Shi. "A single-dose live-attenuated Zika vaccine". University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX.
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