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The Future of Vaccinology

About the Event

Hosted by McMaster University’s Global Nexus School for Pandemic Prevention & Response and Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research, The Future of Vaccinology is a two-day symposium designed to bring thought-leaders together for holistic discussion about ongoing and emerging vaccine-relevant research. Key themes include aerosolized vaccines, vaccines that offer broad protection, experimental vaccinology, cancer vaccines, vaccination of vulnerable populations, and more. The event is tailored to researchers and trainees, industry professionals, government officials, regulatory experts, and scientific journal editors.

Key Details:

  • October 12-13, 2023
  • At David Braley Health Sciences Centre (100 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 1H6)

Meet the Keynote Speaker: Carl Zimmer

Carl Zimmer is the author of fourteen books about science. His latest book is Life’s Edge: The Search for What It Means to Be Alive (hardcover, Kindle, or audio.) Zimmer writes the “Origins” column for the New York Times. His writing has earned a number of awards, including the Stephen Jay Gould Prize, awarded by the Society for the Study of Evolution. During the Covid-19 pandemic, he contributed to the coverage that won the New York Times the public service Pulitzer Prize in 2021. Three of his books have been named Notable Books of the Year by the New York Times Book Review. His book She Has Her Mother’s Laugh won the 2019 National Academies Communication Award. The Guardian named it the best science book of 2018. Zimmer is a familiar voice on radio programs such as Radiolab and professor adjunct at Yale University. He is, to his knowledge, the only writer after whom both a species of tapeworm and an asteroid have been named.

Speaking October 12, 2023 at 1:00 PM — don’t miss it!

Featured Talks

Zhou Xing

October 12, 2023 @ 2:30 PM 

Professor of Medicine, McMaster University

Topic: Aerosolized Vaccines

Matthew Miller

October 12, 2023 @ 4:00 PM 

Scientific Director, Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research at McMaster University

Topic: Broadly-protective vaccines for respiratory viruses

Paul Offit

October 13, 2023 @ 9:00 AM 

Director of the Vaccine Education Center, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Topic: Development of the rotavirus vaccine

Brian Lichty

October 13, 2023 @ 10:00 AM 

Associate Professor of Medicine, McMaster University

Topic: Cancer Vaccines

Nicole Blackman

October 13, 2023 @11:00 AM 

Provincial Director, Indigenous Primary Health Care Council

Topic: Vaccination of Indigenous Populations

Dawn Bowdish

October 13, 2023 @ 12:00 PM 

Professor of Medicine, McMaster University

Topic: Lessons learned from studying vaccinations and infections in older adults

Sonia Anand

October 13, 2023 @ 12:30 PM 

Professor of Medicine, McMaster University

Topic: COVID CommUNITY Studies

Sarah Wilson

October 13, 2023 @ 3:30 PM 

Medical Epidemiologist, Public Health Ontario

Topic: National Immunization Technical Advisory Groups, Vaccine Policy

Mark Loeb

October 13, 2023 @ 4:00 PM 

Professor of Medicine, McMaster University

Topic: Cluster Randomized Controlled Trials Evaluating Vaccine Efficacy

Joanne Langley

October 13, 2023 @ 4:30 PM 

Division Head Infectious Diseases & Professor, Dalhousie University

Topic: Pediatric Vaccine Evaluation


We look forward to seeing you at the event.