Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
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Vaccines have saved more lives than all other therapies for infectious diseases. This is especially true today, as vaccines have a major impact on the health of humans and animals, and enhance food security, especially in the developing world.
On Friday, May 20, Dr. Lorne Babiuk will talk about enhancing vaccine efficacy through new vaccine design, formulations and delivery methods. For instance, novel adjuvants have been developed, based on their ability to modulate both the magnitude and quality of the immune response. These adjuvants can also act as delivery vehicles to provide mucosal immunity and eliminate the use of needles for delivery. Dr. Babiuk will discuss how these adjuvants are based on our understanding of the role of innate immunity, how innate immunity drives specific immune responses and how these approaches are creating opportunity to reduce both economic losses and disease transmission between species, especially animal-human transmissions.
Dr. Babiuk is an internationally recognized leader in Canadian vaccine research who has devoted his career to Canadian-based research aimed at safeguarding the health of people and animals at home and abroad. The vaccines that he was involved in developing have had a significant impact on the economy as well as reduced mortality and morbidity caused by infectious diseases. He specializes in immunology, pathogenesis, virology, molecular virology, and vaccinology, and is a world expert in infectious diseases and their control, specifically by vaccination.
Among his many honours, Dr. Babiuk is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and a Member of the European Academy of Sciences. He also received the Saskatchewan Order of Merit and was inducted into the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame. Dr. Babiuk was awarded the 2012 Canada Gairdner Wightman Award and in 2013 with the Killam Prize in health sciences.
Before taking up his position as Vice-President, Research at the University of Alberta,
Dr. Babiuk was the Director of the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO). During his time at VIDO, he built the organization into an international powerhouse carrying out major research in immunology, pathogenesis, virology, molecular virology, and vaccinology.