January 10

The Owl and the Pussycat: Why on earth should their cancers be treated the same way in 2007??
Brian Leyland-Jones, MD, PhD
Associate Vice President for Health Affairs and Director, Winship Cancer Institute

Focus: Clinical Science
Attendance: 249

February 7

B, T, or Z?: Correlates of Vaccine-Induced Immunity
Stanley Plotkin, PhD
Sanofi Pasteur

Focus: Basic Science

March 7

Maurice Hilleman: The Father of Modern Vaccines -- And Why Nobody Knows His Name
Paul Offit, MD
Chief, Infectious Diseases
Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania

Focus: History

April 4

Forget Me Not: Current Research in Alzheimer's and its Prevention
Sam Gandy, MD, PhD
Chair, Medical and Scientific Advisory Council Alzheimer's Association
Currently: Director, Farber Institute for Neurosciences Thomas Jefferson University Beginning summer 2007: Director, Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Emory University and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Neuroscience

Focus: Basic Science

May 2

Forget your perfect offering, there is a crack, a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in: Neutralizing antibodies and an HIV vaccine*
(*with thanks to L. Cohen)
Dennis Burton, PhD
Scripps Research Institute

Focus: Basic Science

June 6

Can We Do It? Yes We Can: Developing Vaccines Against HIV and Avian Influenza: Challenges and Prospects
David Ho, MD
Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center
Irene Diamond & Rockefeller University

Focus: Basic Science


Summer Vacation 2007
The VDC Membership!
Wherever there is a vaccine to disseminate, a vaccine preventable disease outbreak to examine, or fun to be had with friends and family -- VDC members will be there in force!

Focus: Rest & Relaxation
Attendance: 1,053

September 5

Prying the Genie Out of the Bottle: Future Directions & Challenges in Rabies Vaccine Development
Charles Rupprecht, MS, VMD, PhD
Director, WHO Collaborating Center for Rabies Reference & Research,
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Focus: Policy
Attendance: 204

October 3

Meeting Cancelled due to Speaker's Influenza
And, before you ask, yes, he had been immunized. It is just that there is a fairly large disconnect between the strains of flu actually in circulation this year and the strains that had been predicted to be this year's trouble makers when our current batch of flu vaccine went into production almost a year ago.

November 7

Trick or Treat?!!:
'V' is for Vaccine Vendetta
... or ...
Will Giving Vaccines More Muscle Override Immune System Privilege?
Andrew Mellor, PhD
GRA Eminent Scholar in Immunogenetics &
Director of Immunotherapy Center, Medical College of Georgia

Focus: Basic Science
Attendance: 123

December 5

You Can Run but You Can't Hide: Using SERS to Detect Viruses
Ralph A. Tripp, PhD
Professor and Georgia Research Alliance Chair
Department of Infectious Diseases
College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia

Focus: Translational Science
Attendance: 196

NOTICE: Pre-Event Concert and Sing Along... A live performance of the Sinners for Disease Control award-winning song "PANDEMIC BLUES" -- performed by band member Lance Waller, PhD