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Developing the next generation of vaccines

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A NEW Veterinary Vaccinology Network held its first conference last month, with the aim of building on its mission to ‘establish and sustain research partnerships that generate scientific knowledge and discover the tools/technologies to develop next generation vaccines’.

Welcoming delegates to the conference, which was held at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham on February 16 and 17, Bryan Charleston of the Pirbright Institute explained that £300,000 over five years had been awarded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council to fund the network to achieve its aims. It was also hoped that the network would be of help to early career vaccinologists as a place they could come to meet others and help develop their careers.

The network's vision is to ‘foster a multidisciplinary community to enhance the development and uptake of novel tools and technologies as well as address the “unmet” needs in protective immunity in the field of veterinary vaccinology’. Among its aims are to help share existing knowledge by coordinating current research activities and the sharing of reagents and resources, and to be a focus for discussion on technology development and provide an immunology toolbox for …

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