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Oct 17

Syphilis vaccine development: can we prevent the great mimicker?

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Host: BCCDC Grand Rounds
Date and time:
Tuesday Oct 17th 2017, 12:00PM to 1:00PM   
: Lane Level Lecture Hall
Presenter: Dr. Caroline Cameron
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Speaker Bio: Dr. Caroline Cameron is a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology at the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC, Canada, President of the International Society for Sexually Transmitted Diseases Research (ISSTDR) and Chair of the 2019 STI & HIV World Congress to be held July 14-17, 2019 in Vancouver, BC.  Caroline obtained her PhD at the University of Victoria in the field of parasitic diseases, after which she did her postdoctoral training at the University of Washington with Drs. Sheila Lukehart and Wes Van Voorhis in the area of sexually transmitted diseases.  Caroline’s NIH-funded research program at UVic focuses upon vaccine development through the identification and characterization of molecules that are central to the pathogenesis of Treponema pallidum.

Abstract: Syphilis, caused by the spirochete Treponema pallidum subspecies pallidum, continues to be a prevalent disease in low- and middle-income countries, and has re-emerged in key populations, including men who have sex with men, in high-income nations.  The rising number of cases shows syphilis elimination will require augmentation of public health screening and treatment campaigns with syphilis vaccine development and implementation initiatives.  Optimal vaccine candidates, deciphered from careful consideration of the pathogenic mechanisms employed by T. pallidum, will need to be paired with appropriate human-track adjuvants designed to elicit the correlates of protection needed to prevent infection/disease. This Grand Rounds presentation will provide an overview of syphilis prevalence, demographics and symptoms, as well as a proposed vaccinogen selection strategy outlining the essential qualities that need to be targeted by a syphilis vaccine.  The vaccine development pipeline customized for a syphilis vaccine will also be discussed, including the preferred product characteristics, investment case, value proposition, and plan for vaccine implementation.

About the Grand Rounds: BCCDC Public Health Grand Rounds is a self-approved group learning activity as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  Offsite participants (MDs only) can earn MoC credits by notifying Cletus.DSouza@bccdc.ca  about their attendance providing their name, title, institution, email address & phone.

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