Distinguished Lecture: Fighting Future Pandemics with Next Generation Vaccines

Event Date & Time

October 27, 2022


UT Health San Antonio Holly Auditorium

Event Details:
This lecture will lay out the global landscape of vaccine research and development: in a historical context and through the lens of recent technological breakthroughs. Using the COVID-19 pandemic as a prime, but not singular example, this lecture will describe how the field of vaccinology has arrived at an inflection point in its trajectory toward providing faster and broader solutions to the growing threat of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. This lecture will describe how, throughout the history of public health, the US military has been at the forefront of developing novel vaccines of global impact and how it still leads that fight now and must do so in the future, with efforts like the US Army's COVID-19 vaccine.

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About the Speaker(s)

Kayvon Modjarrad, MD, PhD, is an infectious diseases physician, scientist and globally renowned expert in vaccinology, virology, immunology, and emerging pathogens. He began his training in biology and chemistryat Duke University, obtaining his MD, MPH, and PhD through the National Institutes of Health funded Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Dr. Modjarrad then went on to complete his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Yale, Vanderbilt, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

  • Founding Director, Emerging Infectious Disease Branch at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
  • Principal inventor and overall lead – US Army’s SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine based on a nanoparticle platform
  • Member of Operation Warp Speed
  • US representative to World Health Organization Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on COVID 19 Immunizations