Description of event:
Immunological Mechanisms of Vaccination
Scientific Organizers: Adrian V.S. Hill, Dan H. Barouch, John T. Harty and Tania H. Watts
Fairmont Château Laurier, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Vaccines are remarkably successful in reducing morbidity and mortality from infectious diseases in both developed and developing countries. However, globally, mortality from infectious disease
still exceeds 10 million deaths annually, reflecting a need for new, more effective and more deployable vaccination approaches. As many of the relatively easy vaccines have already been made, vaccinology is now tackling more difficult diseases, often caused by complex and genetically variable pathogens. A better understanding of the immunological mechanisms underpinning existing and novel vaccines is therefore required. Fortunately, research efforts to uncover new molecular and cellular techniques offer exceptional opportunities for improved vaccine design. A better understanding of the immunology
of vaccination will be of value in evidence-based design of new vaccines against major global causes of mortality such as HIV
, malaria and tuberculosis, and against emerging infections such as swine influenza
and dengue. Advances in immunology
and systems biology
are beginning to offer a deeper understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanisms of host immunity
, and the pivotal role played by the innate immune system in shaping the adaptive immune response. This is providing new opportunities to identify new signatures of vaccine immunogenicity and protective efficacy, which should facilitate vaccine development and guide improved vaccine design. The Keystone Symposia meeting on Immunological Mechanisms of Vaccination will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scientists in vaccinology, immunology
and pathogen biology
, to address recent advances in these fields and their potential for accelerating vaccine design and development.
Reflecting the confidence, dignity and style of Canada's capital city, Fairmont Château Laurier stands as a testament to this dynamic, thriving city.
Located next door to the Parliament Buildings, the landmark Fairmont Château Laurier hotel in Ottawa is a magnificent limestone edifice with turrets and masonry reminiscent of a French château. This luxury hotel in Ottawa enchants guests with its charm and stateliness.
Summer or winter, we make healthy activities simple. The Rideau Canal offers miles of bicycle and inline skating paths and the world's longest skating rink just outside our door.
In addition, the nearby Gatineau Hills offer great hiking, biking and canoeing in the summer, as well as abundant cross-country ski trails and excellent downhill thrills each winter.
Fairmont Château Laurier
1 Rideau Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 8S7