January 7

Immunization in the United States in 2009:
On the Verge of Breakdown, Breakthrough, or Both?

Ann Schuchat, MD
RADM, US Public Health Service
Assistant Surgeon General
Director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
VDC Charter Member

Focus: Policy
Attendance: 348

February 3

Old Age Ain’t for Sissies:
Immunosenescence and Vaccination in the Aged
Richard Aspinall, MD
Chair of Translational Medicine
Cranfield University, Bedfordshire, England, UK
Bottling the Fountain of Youth?: Potential Causes and Strategies for Immunosenescence Reversal

Kohtaro Fujihashi, PhD
Co-Director, Immunobiology Vaccine Center
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Vintage Mucosa: Immunity in the Aged

Janet McElhaney, MD
UConn Center on Aging
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Futurama: Designing Novel Approaches for Influenza Vaccines
in the Elderly

Focus: Multi-Disciplinary
Attendance: 275

March 4

Can 1 + 1 ever make 3?:
The Evidence for Vaccination, Mitochondrial Disease, and Autism
Douglas C. Wallace, PhD
Organized Research Unit for Molecular and Mitochondrial Medicine and Genetics (MAMMAG)
University of California Irvine
Focus: Epidemiology
Attendance: 335

April 1

Early Lessons from our Mother:
Prenatal Infections,in-flew-Enza, and Infant Development
Christopher L. Coe, PhD
WB Cannon Professor (BioPsychology)
University of Wisconsin Madison
Focus: Basic Science
Attendance: 197

May 6

Simultaneous Administration of Vaccines: How Many is Too Many?
Well, That Depends on Who You Ask...
Melinda Wharton, MD, MPH
Acting Director, Immunization Safety Office
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
Andrew Kroger, MD
Medical Officer, Immunization Services Division
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
Focus: Philosophy, Epidemiology, Basic
Attendance: 219

June 3

Can a naughty Gal* and uncomplex Man save your liver?
You be the judge!: People, hepatitis, glycobiology, and the
theory of everything
*(G naught)
Timothy M. Block, PhD
President and Director, Institute for Hepatitis and Virus Research
President, Hepatitis B Foundation
Director, Drexel Institute for Biotechnology and Virology Research
Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Drexel University College of Medicine
Focus: Basic Science
Attendance: 177


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: 2,103

September 2

From Pathogen to People to Policy:
Vaccine Research in Africa
Susan Allen, MD, MPH
Rwanda Zambia HIV Research Project
Eric Hunter, PhD
Emory Vaccine Center
Focus: Translational, Policy
Attendance: 498

October 7

You Went to All that Trouble to Build It: So Why Won't they Come?:
The Reasons for, and Repercussions of, Vaccine Refusal
Saad Omer, MBBS, MPH, PhD
Assistant Professor of Global Health and Epidemiology,
Rollins School of Public Health Affiliate Faculty, Emory Vaccine Center
Focus: History, Philosophy, Epidemiology
Attendance: 344

November 4

Vaccinology meets Genomics ...
The Beginning of a Beautiful Relationshiop
Timothy D. Read, PhD
Division of Infectious Disease,
Emory School of Medicine
Focus: Basic Science
Attendance: 255


Cancelled due to death in family