NEW CANAAN, CT, October 18, 2004 —The Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies today announced the election of 65 new members, including Sabin Vaccine Institute (Sabin) Director of International Programs Ciro de Quadros, MD, MPH. New members bringing the roster to 1,416 also included Sabin trustee Michael T. Osterholm, PhD and scientific advisor Stephen L. Hoffman, M.D.
NEW CANAAN, CT, September 15, 2004—The Sabin Vaccine Institute, sponsor of research funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on a newly developed vaccine to prevent human hookworm disease, has signed a memorandum of understanding with federal and state vaccine production facilities in Brazil for clinical development of the vaccine, including clinical trials and vaccine manufacture.
NEW CANAAN, CT, August 19, 2004—An article published today in The New England Journal of Medicine calls attention to the enormous impact of parasitic hookworm infection on the developing world poor. The authors of “Current Concepts: Hookworm Infection” have studied the parasite over many years and describe the disturbing effects of mild infection as well as the disease state that results from heavy hookworm infection.
NEW CANAAN, CT—William S. Jordan, Jr., MD, physician, teacher, and noted vaccine researcher will receive the prestigious 2004 Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal at a ceremony on May 25, 2004. Dr. Jordan is the twelfth recipient of this recognition by the scientific community, awarded annually by the Sabin Vaccine Institute to honor achievements by vaccinologists and infectious disease experts.
NEW CANAAN, CT—The Sabin Vaccine Institute will celebrate a Salute to Life-Saving Discoveries during its benefit dinner at The Pierre Hotel in New York City May 12. The evening will feature the presentation of awards to Nobel laureate James D. Watson, PhD, and to Howard Pien, president and CEO of Chiron Corporation.
NEW CANAAN, Conn., April 27 — Fifty years ago, six-year-old Randy Kerr from McLean, Virginia, was officially designated the nation's first child to be vaccinated with an experimental polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk in his University of Pittsburgh laboratory. Over the next several months thousands of children who became known as "Polio Pioneers" stepped up to receive their polio injections as part of an enormous vaccine field trial.
NEW CANAAN, CT, April 26, 2004—As “Vaccination Week” in the Americas unfolds this week, the Sabin Vaccine Institute joins with the international sponsors in declaring the need for a reduction in immunization inequities among children and women who have never been vaccinated. The week of community awareness activities and national immunization campaigns opened April 24 with a regional launch in the small village of Fond Parisien, Haiti, where local children received life-saving vaccinations.
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