We wish to invite everyone to a new K1/K2 seminar!

Next seminar:

Title: “The quest for a universal vaccine “

Held by Prof. Rebecca Jane Cox

Influenza Centre, Dept of Clinical Science, University of Bergen.

When: Wednesday 4th of February, 14:15 – 15:00.

Where: Stort Auditorium, 3rd floor, Sentralblokken

Chair: Birgitta Åsjø



Influenza causes a billion infections annually with approximately 500

000 deaths world-wide. Influenza vaccination is the best method of

preventing influenza morbidity and mortality. In Europe a new nasal

spray vaccine with high efficacy has recently been licensed for children

and we are currently conducting pediatric clinical trials to investigate

the mechanism of protection. Occasionally, a novel influenza virus

arises and can cause a pandemic such as the 2009 swine flu. Ideally, an

influenza vaccine should provide long lasting broad “universal”

protection against both epidemic and pandemic influenza. How close are

we to a universal influenza vaccine and what has recent research taught us?




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