The VALIDATE Network - Vaccine development for complex intracellular neglected pathogens
'Optimmunize: Improving the beneficial effects of vaccines' Conference, 2020
Dates: 19-21 Feb 2020
Location: Wellcome Genome Campus, UK
Bursary deadline: 10 Dec 2019
Abstract deadline: 17 Dec 2019
Registration deadline: 21 Jan 2020
This conference aims at improving understanding of interactions between vaccines and the immune system, with a focus on the non-specific and sex-differential effects of vaccines.
There is increasing evidence that vaccines, in addition to their disease-specific effects, have important off-target or non-specific effects. A number of major observations with significant implications for child survival have been identified, but the underlying immunological mechanisms remain largely elusive.
The conference will bring together epidemiologists, immunologists and clinicians, as well as research scientists with complementary expertise, and parallel disciplines. We will discuss and explore various aspects of the non-specific effects of vaccines, including their impact on neonates and infants, how generalisable and durable these effects are, the implications for geriatric and veterinary medicine, and why non-specific effects should differ between sexes and across the lifespan. The objective is to have an open and transparent discussion of the science, while focusing on how to further optimize the use of vaccines.
We would like to encourage networking and discussion and welcome particularly young researchers to engage with speakers and fellow delegates. We invite early career scientists to prepare one critical question relevant to the meetings’ topics. Your questions can be submitted during the registration process. The organisers will select the most thought provoking questions which will be discussed in a panel session.
The conference will start at approximately 1 pm 19 February and close at approximately 2pm on 21 February 2020.
Topics will include
Importance of non-specific effects of vaccines
Evidence from clinical trials
Effects of vaccines on the epigenome
Sex differences in immunity and response to vaccines