On October 7th, 2011, the Johns Hopkins Vaccine Initiative (JHVI) hosted the fourth annual Vaccine Day at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. JHVI was pleased to host Dr. Anne Schuchat, MD (RADM, USPHS), Assistant Surgeon General, United States Public Health Service, Director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.?
Vaccine Day began at 12:00pm in Sommer Hall with welcome by Ruth Karron, M.D., Director of the Johns Hopkins Vaccine Initiative and an introduction by the Dean of the School of Public Health, Michael Klag, MD, MPH. Dr. Schuchat's keynote address was titled "Magic bullets and smoking guns, flying pigs and sitting ducks: What can we learn from the past for the new Decade of Vaccines?"
Following the keynote, an expert panel moderated by Neal Halsey, M.D. discussed issues surrounding vaccine research and implementation. The guest panel included former students:
Angelia Eick-Cost, PhD, ScM
Special Studies Lead Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center
Anne Bailowitz, MD, MPH
Assistant Commissioner, Clinical Services
Baltimore City Health Department
T. Christopher Mast, PhD, MSc
Director and Infectious Disease Area Lead Department of Epidemiology Merck Research Laboratories Merck & Co., Inc.
Daniel Salmon, MPH, PhD
Director, Vaccine Safety, National Vaccine Program Office, Office of Public Health and Science, US Department of Health and Human Services
Following the presentation and panel discussion, Vaccine Day moved to Feinstone Hall for the faculty, staff and student poster session and reception. 34 posters were submitted for Vaccine Day 2011 showcasing work from four departments, including 18 student posters. The posters highlighted the breadth of vaccine research being conducted at the School, and described pre-clinical studies, phase I and II clinical trials, cost effectiveness studies, policy analysis, and implementation studies. 13 posters submitted were eligible for the student poster contest. Prizes were awarded for the three most outstanding student posters:
Barbara Badman "Investigating the Genotypic Distribution of High-Risk Human Papillomavirus among Women in Northern Tanzania in an Effort to Determine Vaccine Efficacy"
Cailin Deal "The role of the Influenza A Virus M2 protein extracellular domain in virus replication and on the induction of broadly protective antibodies"
Kyla Hayford "Validating measles vaccination coverage estimates using an oral fluid biomarker: Preliminary findings from a population-based study in rural Bangladesh"
Please see here for a list of all abstracts submitted.
2011 Vaccine Day Photo Contest:
Photos submitted in advance of the Decade of Vaccines photo contest were judged by JHSPH faculty for best illustrating the impact of vaccines on public health.
First Place: Kyla Hayford
For an immunization campaign day in Bangladesh, this volunteer loads his bike with coolers full of measles and polio vaccines and delivers them to each community.
Second Place: Laveta Stewart
NNIPS field staff members volunteered in large numbers to receive their influenza immunization.
Third Place: Andrea Feller
In the Matlab research area of ICDDR,B, the Community Health Research Worker (CHRW) holds fixed-site clinics in her house where she administers EPI vaccines. In this photo the CHRW is preparing to administer the vaccines to an infant. Educational posters can be seen hanging on the walls.