San Antonio.- Students and faculty at the UT Health Science Center (UTHSC) will be able to learn from the best at the first annual San Antonio Vaccine Symposium. The convention is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday November 16 at the Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute at UTHSC on 8403 Floyd Curl Drive.
The San Antonio Vaccine Development Center (SAVE) is enlisting the help of three other institutions: The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), the Texas Biomedical Research Institute and the Southwest Research Institute.
Keynote speakers from the National Academy of Sciences include Roy Curtiss II, PH.D. from of the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University and Rafi Ahmed, PH.D., of the Emory Vaccine Center at Emory University.
Bernard Arulanandam, PH. D., biology professor at UTSA and co-scientific director of the symposium, is glad to have the scientists are on board.
“These visiting scientists are much acclaimed in their fields — both are prominent in the field of vaccine discovery,” said Bernard Arulanandam.
At 9 a.m., Dr. Curtiss will discuss how vaccine antigens may be distributed through the body using salmonella as a carrier. The antigens are stimulates the body to produce immune-boosting antibodies.
At 2 p.m., Dr. Ahmed will discuss how the immune system remembers how to respond to viruses.
The symposium will showcase not only the latest breakthrough on fighting bacteria and disease but also the talented doctors in San Antonio.
"This symposium, and the top-flight research talent it is attracting, highlights the strength and vibrancy of San Antonio's biomedical sector,” Mayor Julián Castro said.
The inaugural San Antonio Vaccine Symposium will help both researchers and doctors not only better understand the nature of viruses but also lead them one step closer to finding cures.
Katherine Garcia is an intern at La Prensa de San Antonio. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.