School of Medicine & Online

Hybrid VDC
November 8, 2023

Vaccine Discovery

As always, if you want to receive a recording of the meeting, but can't attend in real time, register to attend and select "Attending Online." That will guarantee that you receive a copy of the link the next day.

Mission Impossible Accomplished:
The Beginning and End of the Beginning ... for RSV

Barney S. Graham, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine and Microbiology, Biochemistry, & Immunology
Morehouse School of Medicine
Senior Advisor for Global Health Equity

Clubhouse Location:
Emory School of Medicine
Agenda: (all times Eastern time zone)
6:00pm — wine, cheese, networking
6:30pm — Online presenters, members, and guests login
6:35pm — Meeting convenes
8:00pm — Q & A
8:15pm — Adjourn, ready to take on the upcoming Harvest Holiday*

*Note the lack of post-program Dinner .... The VDC is attempting a SOFT RE-LAUNCH back into in-person meetings. So for the first couple of months we will provide pre-meeting reception food only.

Dear Vacineers,

Here is something good named RSV: The RSV Helmet Store -- a highly rated motorcycle parts store conveniently located in Bandung, Indonesia.

Here is something bad named RSV: Respiratory Syncytial Virus -- a vicious little virus conveniently located in the air near you.

RSV is so ubiquitous in fact that close to 100% of humans have been exposed to it by the time they are 2 years old. For most people, getting RSV is No Big Deal. Older children and healthy adults suffer a week or so of common cold-like symptoms -- during which you should NOT act like this guy -- and are then good to go back to school or the office.

But RSV is a different story at the start of life. Except for malaria, RSV is the biggest cause of death among children less than a year old, killing upwards of 200,000 babies annually.

It also kills more than 160,000 people a year aged 65 and older (Not OK Boomer).

But WHY? I mean, if 100% of us were exposed to it as rug rats, shouldn't we all have built up natural immunity by the time we are old enough to spell RSV? Nope, because immunity to RSV wanes in 3-12 months and you can get it over, and over, and over, and over. Think about THAT the next time you come down with "a cold." ....

Fun Fact: RSV used to be called Chimpanzee Coryza Agent -- CCA -- because, in 1956, it was first isolated in a group of 20 Walter Reed Army Institute of Research chimpanzees who were all doing a whole heap of sneezing.

(Click here to watch a chimpanzee sneeze).

But between then and now there wasn't a lot anyone could do about it beyond heroically throwing themself between a susceptible infant and the adult or child intent on kissing or coughing in their face. Don't do that.

But then May 2023 happened.

Wait, what??

Hah! Want to hear more about what happened before, during, and after May 2023? Come -- in person or by Zoom -- to the November 8 meeting of the Vaccine Dinner Club when Dr. Barney Graham -- internationally renowned RSV Vaccine Superhero -- spills the tea!

-Kimbi Hagen
Your friendly neighborhood Vaccine Dinner Club Goddess


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Kimbi Hagen, EdD
VDC Director/Goddess