Immunization Heroes: Dr. Peter Hotez
Dr. Peter Hotez was highlighted as an Immunization Hero by the Immunization Partnership.
"My entry into the world of vaccines began as a student in the 1980s when Dr. Peter Hotez enrolled in a unique MD PhD program at Weil Cornell Medical College and Rockefeller University (originally known as the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research) in New York. I began testing whether the molecules I was analyzing from parasitic hookworms might one day be developed into a human hookworm vaccine. Some thirty years later a human hookworm vaccine developed by our Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development is undergoing clinical testing, with vaccines for several other neglected tropical diseases — such as schistosomiasis, ascariasis, trichuriasis, Chagas disease, leishmaniasis, SARS, and West Nile virus infection — hopefully entering the clinic soon!"