University of Texas Health Science Center to host first vaccine symposium

The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio will hold its first symposium on November 16.

The inaugural symposium, "Vaccine Antigen Discovery and Vaccine-Induced Immunity," is being held with support from the San Antonio Vaccine Development Center.

Dozens of scientists are scheduled to present their work at the meeting. Two nationally recognized vaccine researchers will also attend as key note speakers.

Dr. Roy Curtis III of Arizona State University will discuss how his research uses Salmonella bacteria to treat infectious diseases and cancer. Salmonella is generally known as a foodborne illness, but attenuated strains have shown some success as therapies.

Dr. Rafi Ahmed of Emery University plans to discuss how the immune system maintains or remembers its responses to antigens, such as bacteria or fungi.

The meeting is to be held all day beginning at 8 a.m. at the Greehey Children's Cancer Research Institute at the UT Health Science Center.

The UT Health Science Center San Antonio directly serves a 50,000 square-mile area in South Texas. It has satellite campuses in both Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley and trains more than 3,000 student every year. The center is affiliated with over 100 hospitals and healthcare centers in the region.