Upcoming discussions: medicines policy + vaccines for diarrheal disease

I hope everyone’s summer is going well, wherever you may be and whatever project or trip you are on. For those in Vancouver, here are two upcoming events that might be of interest:

1. Round Table and Discussion
Dr. Clive Ondari
World Health Organization

Thursday, June 16, 2011, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Room #102
School of Population and Public Health, UBC (2206 East Mall)

A joint presentation of the School of Population and Public Health and the Neglected Global Diseases Initiative. From the event description, “Dr. Clive Ondari is the Head: Policy, Access and Rational Use of Medicines (PAR), Department of Medicines Policy and Standards (HTP/PSM) at WHO and a world expert in essential drug, indigenous medicines and better (safe) medicines for children. This event will be facilitated by Dr. Jerry Spiegel, Director, Global Health, Liu Institue of Global Issues, Associate Professor, SPPH”.

2. “Developing Vaccines Against Pediatric Bacterial Diarrhea: Why is the Path so Difficult?”
Dr. Philippe Sansonetti

Professor, Coll├Ęge de France
Chair, Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, Pasteur Institute, Paris
2011 Wall Distinguished Visiting Professor

Monday, June 20, 2011, 4:00 PM
Vancouver General Hospital
Paetzold Health Education Centre, Lecture Theatre
1st floor, Jim Pattison Pavilion, (899 West 12th Avenue, map: http://bit.ly/kN11t0)

Dr. Sansonetti is a leading researcher of the bacterium Shigella flexneri, a major cause of diarrhea with an incredible 164.7 million cases globally. Of the 1.1 million who die from Shigella infections annually, an estimated 61% are less than 5 years old. According to the event listing, “progress will be reviewed, failures will be analysed, novel approaches and concepts will be presented.”

More information:
The Lancet: New Decade of the Vaccine special
WHO information on Shigella vaccine research
Dr. Sansonetti’s publications

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