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As the height of cold and flu season approaches, so does the increase of Respiratory Syncytial Virus, or RSV. But in the future, RSV may not be as common as it is now in children and eventually the entire population.Dr. Ruth Karron

In Tuesday’s Baltimore Sun an article appeared regarding positive results in a trial at Johns Hopkins University for a vaccine against Respiratory Syncytial Virus, or RSV. Dr. Ruth Karron, who led the initial trial, is the director of the Center for Immunization Research and a professor at the Bloomberg School of Public Health in International Health.

If proven successful in future trials, the vaccine could make a sweeping change for children’s health worldwide. In the US, RSV often leads to hospitalization. But around the world it is estimated that nearly 200,000 children under the age of 5 die annually from RSV.

The vaccine is also exciting because it was created by removing a protein that genetically alters the RSV make up, preventing it from producing so many copies of itself. In addition, without the key protein, the virus produces more of the proteins that boost the immune system.

To read more on the impact this vaccination could have, read the full Baltimore Sun article.

 It’s hard to believe that it’s already 2016. But with the new year, there are always new opportunities. One of those could be visiting us here at the Bloomberg School.

Admissions Services offers campus tours on certain Fridays from 3 to 4 p.m. EST. You can register online. The dates for this spring are:

January 8, 2016
January 22, 2016
February 5, 2016
February 19, 2016
March 4, 2016
March 18, 2016
April 15, 2016
April 29, 2016
May 6, 2016
May 20, 2016

 

Lauren, our Assistant Director of Recruitment and Events, is our host for these wonderful tours. View the video below for a bit of a teaser of information you’ll learn on one of our campus tours.

 

 

If you can’t tell, Lauren and I had a lot of fun making this video. 15 takes, 2 videos (Yes there’s more to come!), and a 30 minute ab workout from laughs.

Happy New Year! Today it’s not a flip of the calendar, it’s putting up a new one!

For those of you interested in the PhD in Biostatistics, this also means that the application deadline is quickly approaching. Remember to submit your application by 11:59 p.m. EST on January 15.

Snowmen Family

Happy Holidays!

We too will be celebrating the end of the year and the office will be closed on the following dates:

Wednesday, December 23 - Closing at 2 pm

Thursday, December 24

Friday, December 25

Thursday, December 31

Friday, January 1

The office will reopen with regular hours in the new year on Monday, January 4, 2016.

From all of us in Admissions and Student Affairs, may you all have peaceful and joyful winter holiday celebrations!

Here in Admissions we have an approaching deadline. January 5, 2016 is the deadline for the following programs:

ScM in Genetic Counseling in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society

MSPH/RD in the Department of International Health

Don’t let the New Year slip away from you, submit your application early and avoid any delays from the holiday office closings on December 24-25 and December 31-January 1.