The Scientific Liaison Coalition (SLC) will present a new live webinar, Biology of Vaccines and Molecular Evolution of Viruses, on Tuesday, November 1, 11:00 AM–12:30 PM ET USA.
This presentation by Paul E. Turner, PhD, Chair of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University, Microbiology Faculty, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, will cover fundamentals of virus molecular evolution, and the biology of vaccines. This webinar will summarize the challenges of developing evolution-proof vaccines, such as those against rapidly evolving targets, particularly RNA viruses. An emphasis will be on past vaccine successes, such as the global vaccination program that eradicated variola virus (causative disease agent of smallpox in humans). In addition, the presentation will contrast the evolutionary reasons why other efforts have been modest or completely ineffective. The talk will cover some current theory and experiments that predict that incomplete (leaky) vaccines may dangerously select for increased virulence in pathogens, and that frequent (e.g., annual) vaccination in systems such as influenza may be less effective than infrequently administered vaccines. These recent controversial predictions and other considerations will be used to discuss the biological and evolutionary risks associated with vaccination efforts. Dr. Paul Turner received his PhD in 1995 from the Center for Microbial Ecology at Michigan State University. He did postdoctoral work at the National Institutes of Health, University of Valencia in Spain, and University of Maryland, College Park.
This webinar is open to members of the Teratology Society through our membership in the SLC. You must register to attend using the link above.
Recordings of previous SLC webinars are available in the Educational Webinars File Library on BDR Connection.