The Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health (CVD) at the School of Medicine is hosting its 25th Annual Frontiers in Vaccinology guest lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at MSTF Leadership Hall.
The speaker is Kathryn M. Edwards, MD, the Sarah H. Sell and Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Edwards’ topic is “Influenza 1918-2018: How Far We’ve Come and Where We Need to Go.”
Edwards joined the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program in 1980 and has conducted many pivotal vaccine studies over her career. She has had an extensive experience leading National Institutes of Health-funded, multi-center initiatives; designing, conducting, and analyzing pivotal Phase I, II, and III clinical studies on vaccines and therapeutics; facilitating networking with basic and clinical investigators with a wide range of interests and expertise; and mentoring many of the young investigators who work within the research unit.
For the past decade, Edwards also has led the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-funded Clinical Immunization Safety Assessment site at Vanderbilt, where she and her colleagues assess adverse events associated with vaccines in subjects of all ages. Edwards also was awarded a CDC contract in 2011 to conduct comprehensive pneumonia surveillance studies in more than 2,000 adults and children admitted to Vanderbilt adult and pediatric hospitals and at another community hospital in Nashville, Tenn.
A reception will follow the lecture in the MSTF Atrium.