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Vaccine Day 2012

On October 4th, and 5th 2012, the Johns Hopkins Vaccine Initiative (JHVI) hosted the fifth annual Vaccine Day at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. JHVI was pleased to host Dr. William H. Foege, MD, MPH, Professor Emeritus of International Health, Emory University.

William Foege
William H. Foege, MD, MPH
Professor Emeritus of International Health
Emory University

Thursday October 4, 2012

Thursday October 4th, 2012, Dr. Foege delivered a talk titled Public Health- Second Thoughts reflecting on his career in public health.

Friday October 5, 2012

Vaccine Day events began on Friday October 5th at 12:00pm in Sommer Hall with an introduction 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. Dean Klag presented Dr. Foege with the Dean's Medal.

Dr. Foege’s keynote address was titled "Vaccines and Society: Some Unexpected Stories."

Following the keynote, an expert panel moderated by Dr. Karron discussed issues surrounding vaccine research in the 20th century. The guest panel included former JHSPH students:

Robert Black, MD
Chair & Professor, Department of International Health

Daniel Salmon, MPH, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of International Health
Deputy Director, Institute for Vaccine Safety

Kirsten Vannice, MHS, PhD(c)
Student, Department of International Health

After 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 2012 showcasing work from four departments. 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. 15 posters submitted were eligible for the student poster contest. Prizes were awarded for the four most outstanding student posters:

Andrew Azman
Urban Cholera Transmission Hotspots and their Implications for Reactive Vaccination: Evidence from Bissau City, Guinea Bissau
Andrew Azman, Francisco J. Luquero, Amabelia Rodrigues, Pedro Pablo Palma, Rebecca F. Grais, Cunhate Na Banga, Bryan T. Grenfell, Justin Lessler

Diego Espinosa
Chimeric Rodent Malaria Parasites for the Pre-Clinical Evaluation of Vaccines Against Plasmodium falciparum
Diego Espinosa, Sze-Wah Tse, Andrea Radtke, Ian Cockburn and Fidel Zavala

Dustin Gibson
The Feasibility of a Mobile Phone Based System to Increase Vaccine Coverage and Timeliness Through monetary incentives and Short Message Reminders in Rural, Western Kenya
Dustin Gibson, Hotenzia Wakadha, Subhash Chandir, Elijah Victor Were, Alan Rubin, David Obor, Orin S. Levine, Frank Odhiambo, Kayla F. Laserson, Daniel R. Feikin

Genevieve Wojcik
Genome-Wide Association Study of Response to Oral Poliovirus Vaccine in Bangladeshi Children
Genevieve L. Wojcik, Dinesh Mondal, Masud Alam, Josyf Mychaleckyj, Stephen Rich, Pat Concannon, Rashidul Haque, Mark Pallansch, William A. Petri Jr, Priya Duggal

Please see here for a list of all abstracts submitted.

Photo by Tom Paulson of Humanosphere.

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