We wish to invite everyone to a new K1/K2 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?