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New findings with vaccinia virus, the old vaccine that eradicated smallpox - POSTPONED

Prize lecture

Location

The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

Overview

This lecture is postponed. More details to follow. 

Leeuwenhoek prize lecture 2020 given by Professor Geoffrey L Smith FMedSci FRS

Green fluorescent protein-tagged vaccinia virus spreading across cells. © Michael S Hollinshead

In 1980 the WHO declared smallpox eradicated. Yet forty years later, variola virus, the cause of smallpox, remains in high security labs in USA and Russia.

Professor Geoffrey L Smith, winner of the Leeuwenhoek Medal, will describe how smallpox was eradicated, the lessons for the control of other infectious diseases, and the post eradication debate of what to do with variola virus. Thereafter, he will describe current research with vaccinia virus, the smallpox vaccine, directed to the design new vaccines and understanding how viruses suppress our immune system to their advantage.

Attending this event

This lecture is postponed. More details to follow. 

The award

The Leeuwenhoek Medal and Lecture was originally established to recognise excellence in the field of microbiology but now also includes excellence in bacteriology, virology, mycology and parasitology, and microscopy. The lectureship was named after the Dutch microscopist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek FRS, often referred to as the ‘Father of Microbiology’, and is supported by a bequest from George Gabb. Originally it was held annually, and from 2006 to 2018 it was awarded triennially, but it is now awarded biennially. The lecture was first given in 1950. The medal is of bronze, is awarded biennially and is accompanied by a gift of £2,000.

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New findings with vaccinia virus, the old vaccine that eradicated smallpox - POSTPONED Leeuwenhoek prize lecture 2020 given by Professor Geoffrey L Smith FMedSci FRS The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK
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