‘Vaccination against TB: old dog and new tricks’

Sep 01, 2015 Comments Off on ‘Vaccination against TB: old dog and new tricks’ by

‘Vaccination against TB: old dog and new tricks’ is the title of a free public talk by A/Professor Thomas Scriba, of the University of Cape Town and Deputy Director, Immunology at South African TB Vaccine Initiative. The talk will be held on Tuesday, 15th September at 17h00 at STIAS (Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study) 10 Marais Road, Stellenbosch.
Abstract: With the exception of clean water, no other intervention has saved more lives than vaccination. The vaccine against tuberculosis, BCG, was developed a century ago and has been given to more than a billion people. Although BCG vaccination saves about 50,000 lives every year, it is not preventing transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the driver of the global tuberculosis epidemic. Through the lens of an immunologist, this lecture will review recent insights about the good and bad of BCG (the old dog), and the highs and lows of developing novel vaccines (the new tricks) against tuberculosis.


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