Invited Speakers

Bonnie Blomberg

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, USA

Talk Title: How Aging and Obesity Affect the Immune and Vaccine Responses

Bonnie Blomberg earned her BA in Biology and PhD in Immunology from the University of California, San Diego, then completed postdoctoral fellowships at the Basel Institute for Technology in Switzerland and Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Cancer Research before joining the faculty of the University of Miami in 1983. She is currently a Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

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Martin Friede

World Health Organization, Switzerland

Talk Title: Disease eradication in human populations: challenges and opportunities

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Alicia Fry


Talk Title: Innovation in real-time surveillance for influenza burden and vaccine effectiveness

Alicia Fry earned her Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine in Ohio, and trained in Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and Infectious Diseases at University of California, San Francisco.

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Jose de la Fuente

SaBio. Instituto de Investigación en Recursos Cinegéticos IREC (CSIC-UCLM-JCCM), Spain and Oklahoma State University, USA

Talk Title: Targeting host-vector-pathogen interactions to reduce the global burden of vector-borne diseases

José de la Fuente Graduated in Physics at Moscow State University and University of Havana in 1984.  Ph.D. in Biology at University of Havana.

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Hiroshi Kiyono

University of Tokyo, Japan

Talk Title: The nasal immune system for the vaccine development

Hiroshi Kiyono obtained his dental degree (D.D.S.) from Nihon University, and Ph.D. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). His background as a dentist combined with extensive research experience in the field of Mucosal Immunology at UAB, Max-Planck Institute, Osaka University and at present, the University of Tokyo, Chiba University and University of California, San Diego makes him exceptionally well qualified to discuss the current and future directions of mucosal immunology and mucosal vaccine development.

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Myron Levin

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, USA

Talk Title: Recombinant Glycoprotein E Adjuvanted Herpes Zoster Vaccine

Myron Levin graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1960.  He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the Bronx Municipal hospital Center (Einstein Medical School), and spent the next three years at the National Institutes of Health; the last two years at NIH were devoted to research in molecular virology.

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Valerie Oriol Mathieu

Janssen Infectious Diseases and Vaccines, The Netherlands

Full biography coming soon.

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Andrew Pollard

University of Oxford, UK

Talk Title: Time for Typhoid

ANDREW J POLLARD, BSc MA MBBS MRCP(UK) FRCPCH PhD DIC FHEA FIDSA FMedSci, is Professor of Paediatric Infection and Immunity at the University of Oxford, Honorary Consultant Paediatrician at Oxford Children’s Hospital and Vice Master of St Cross College, Oxford.

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Andrew Potter

VIDO-InterVac, Canada

Talk Title: Food and water safety: Vaccines for Zoonotic diseases

Dr. Andrew Potter is a graduate of Carleton University (Canada) and the University of Otago (New Zealand) and has worked at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac), University of Saskatchewan, for the past 33 years serving as a research scientist, Associate Director (Research) and most recently, Director and CEO.

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Miriam Sturkenboom

Julius Global Health University Medical Center, The Netherlands

Talk Title: The ADVANCE system for monitoring benefits and risks of vaccines in EU

Miriam Sturkenboom is a pharmacoepidemiologist, currently working at the Julius Global Health group of University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands after having spent 20 years in the department of Medical Informatics at Erasmus MC.

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More speakers coming soon.