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The Sealy Institute for Vaccine Sciences (SIVS) has been redesignated a PAHO/WHO (Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization) Collaborating Center (WHO CC) for Vaccine Research, Evaluation and Training on Emerging Infectious Diseases. Dr. Alan Barrett continues as the Director.  

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WHO Collaborating Centers support WHO to investigate public health issues from many angles, ranging from basic science and animal studies to clinical trials, public policy, training and funding. UTMB is clearly recognized as one of the most important international leaders in the vaccine development world, therefore, the world experts on vaccine development at UTMB received an international designation acknowledging their unique niche in a sphere where research, government regulation and big pharma often collide.

UTMB’s Sealy Center for Vaccine Development (now designated the Sealy Institute for Vaccine Sciences) was named a World Health Organization Collaborating Center (WHO CC) for Vaccine Research, Evaluation and Training on Emerging Infectious Diseases. The designation by the World Health Organization (WHO) makes UTMB only the second university in the Western Hemisphere to receive this designation; the other is the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD. UTMB is also only the seventh university in the world to receive WHO designation for vaccine expertise. In addition to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the others are the University of Geneva in Switzerland; University of Zurich in Germany; University of Lausanne in Switzerland; the Second Military Medical University in Shanghai, China; and the University of Antwerp in Belgium.

The terms of reference of the WHO CC are:

  1. To track progress and provide analysis of the vaccine pipeline against emerging infectious diseases.
  2. To conduct research on the development, evaluation and use of vaccines against emerging infectious diseases of public health importance.

 

 
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