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Fighting diseases with cross-species vaccination

Prize lecture

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The Royal Society Africa Prize 2021 seminar given by Professor George Warimwe.

The development and deployment of vaccines against emerging infectious diseases is a priority for global health security. More than 70% of these infectious diseases are zoonotic, meaning they are acquired from animals, with some causing serious illness and death in humans as well as the respective animal host. Despite this, the study of host-pathogen interactions that underlie disease pathogenesis and the mechanisms through which immunity is acquired are often done in medical and veterinary ‘silos’, with little interaction between the two. A ‘one health’ approach that integrates the scientific insights from veterinary and human studies may accelerate progress in the design and development of countermeasures against zoonotic diseases.

Rift Valley Fever, a zoonotic disease that causes epidemics in Africa, is among a shortlist of diseases prioritised by the World Health Organization for urgent development of vaccines. In this talk, Professor Warimwe will discuss his ‘one health vaccinology’ approach to developing a single Rift Valley Fever vaccine suitable for human and livestock use.

Professor Warimwe's talk will be followed by a Q&A chaired by Sir Jeremy James Farrar OBE FRS FMedSci.

Attending the event

  • This lecture will take place online as a Zoom webinar on 2 December at 6.30pm GMT. This event will be recorded (including the live Q&A) and the recording will be available on YouTube soon after the event. 
  • The event is free to join. Advance registration is essential.
  • Live subtitles will be available.

The award

The Royal Society Africa Prize is to recognise research scientists based in Africa who are making an innovative contribution to the sciences. The medal is of bronze, awarded annually and is accompanied by a gift of £2,000. The prize was previously the Royal Society Pfizer Award which was last awarded in 2016.

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Fighting diseases with cross-species vaccination

The Royal Society Africa Prize 2021 seminar given by Professor George Warimwe.

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