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Making 21st Century Vaccines Work

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Infection and Immunity: Making 21st Century Vaccines Work & Early Career Researchers’ event

The Infection and Immunity Theme recently held a number of small, in-depth group discussions to identify areas where a critical mass of investigators can co-operate synergistically. Four strands emerged around which resources and expertise could coalesce: Antimicrobial resistance; Vaccinology and the microbiome; Biological complexity; and Checkpoint Inhibitors in autoimmunity, cancer and immune-senescence.

A number of RCUK calls in the area of vaccines and vaccinology (a £5M Medical Research Council GCRF call in Networks for Vaccine R&D a BBSRC call across a broad remit that extends to social and community medicine) and a Wellcome Trust statement specifying that vaccination is now one of their priority areas for research funding convinced the Theme that the third strand, Vaccinology and the microbiome, would be the appropriate area to focus on.

This symposium will focus around:

(1) Needs and opportunities in veterinary vaccine research

(2) What makes human vaccines effective?

(3) The design and synthesis of novel vaccine candidates

This will bring key groups together across veterinary medicine, clinical medicine and clinical science.

Bristol has strength in the “One Health” concept, with the ability to bring together experts across human and veterinary medicine and combines expertise in mucosal immunology, molecular microbiology, clinical vaccine trials and epidemiological modelling to make research into population-wide vaccine effects on transmission of infections a strength area.

Session 1: Systems vaccinology

Chairs: Andrew Davidson and Ariel Blocker

Session 2: Evaluating vaccine impact

Chair: Adam Finn

Session 3: Recognising viruses from Pigs to Man

Chair: Linda Wooldridge

Session 4: Early researcher presentations

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