Vaccinology 2010 Seminar Series
BIOS 4980 Fall 2010 CRN 41659
Instructor: Rob Eversole, PhD.
Contact information: 387-5640, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office location: 2402 Haenicke Hall
Office hours: T & TR 11:00 AM-12:00 PM and by appointment
Class meeting times: M 1:30-3:50 PM, Fetzer Center Room 1005
The 2010 Vaccinology Seminar Series to be held on Mondays from 1:30-3:50PM ET,
September 13 through December 6, 2010. It is anticipated that the lecture will last 1 1/2
hours with a break in the middle and then the remainder of the time will be for questions
and answers with the speaker. This lecture series, co-sponsored by Pfizer Inc and
Western Michigan University, will be presented at The Fetzer Center located on the
campus of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI, and will be linked via
videoconference to multiple Pfizer sites around the globe and Michigan State University.
Employees and students in Kalamazoo are expected to participate at The Fetzer Center;
therefore, it will not be broadcast to any local sites.
This course will cover the biological development, immunologic concepts, and methods
for vaccines and biopharmaceuticals as well as methods of delivery and administration.
Specific topics include new technologies for vaccine development such as DNA vaccines,
recombinant mucosal vaccines, and dendritic cells for antigen delivery, novel adjuvants
and methods to increase vaccine stability. Delivery systems for vaccines will include
current technologies as well as novel technologies presently under development. The
underlying biological roles of the innate and adaptive immune systems will be studied
relative to the new types of vaccines and delivery systems. Finally, the process of
manufacturing and bringing vaccines to market will be covered including government
oversight and licensure.
Each week a different speaker will present a topic in their specific area of expertise.
These speakers have been selected based on their individual outstanding academic and
professional achievements in the field of Vaccinology. It is encouraged that local seminar
participants attend at The Fetzer Center so they can meet the speakers in person.
Text, Readings, Materials
Slide sets will be forwarded in advance to course attendees, whenever possible. There is
no text required for this series but supplemental readings may be provided for certain
presentations. The website URL for Vaccinology 2007, 2008 and 2010 is:
Just click on Vaccinology 2007, 2008 or 2010 and most of the talks are presented with
both visual on the speakers and their PowerPoint materials. These talks will provide
valuable background information for writing the proposal paper in this class.
Supplementary (Suggested) Readings
i. Immunopotentiators in Modern Vaccines by Schijns and O’Hagen
ii. Vaccines, Fourth Edition by Plotkin and Orensteinhttp
iii. Vaccine Protocols,C Second Edition by Robinson, Hudson and Cranage
The intention of this course is to introduce students to the study of Vaccinology and to
provide current status of the field.
Date Topic Speaker
13-Sep-10 "Advances in Fish Vaccinology" Phil Klesius, USDA, ARS,
Aquatic Animal Health
Research Lab, Auburn,AL
20-Sep-10 " Vaccine Immunology " Karim Essani, Department of
Biological Sciences, Western
27-Sep-10 “Influenza Vaccines “ Suryaprakash Sambhara,
Center for Disease Control
04-Oct-10 “Vaccines for STDs: Safe Sex Across Dalen Agnew, Diagnostic
the Animal Kingdom” Center for Population and
Animal Health, Michigan State
11-Oct-10 “Vaccine: the Controversial Story of Arthur Allen, Author,
Medicine's Greatest Lifesaver” Washington DC
18-Oct-10 “Humoral and Cell-mediated Immunity Mark Slifka, Oregon Health &
in Acute Viral Infections” Science University, Vaccine
and Gene Therapy Institute
25-Oct-10 “Malaria Vaccines” Stephen Hoffman, CEO,
01-Nov-10 “Cancer Vaccines in Veterinary Rowan Milner, Department of
Medicine” Small Animal Clinical
Sciences, University of Florida
08-Nov-10 “Systems Vaccinology” Bali Pulendran, Emory
15-Nov-10 “Vaccine Safety and Pediatric Infectious Michael J. Smith, University of
Diseases” Louisville Pediatrics
22-Nov-10 “The emergence and control of Robert Webster, St. Judes
influenza viruses” Childrens Research Hospital
29-Nov-10 “Unusual Viral Vaccines in Veterinary Ronald Schultz, Pathobiology
Medicine” Department, University of
06-Dec-08 “ Cellular Immunity” Duncan Mwangi, Pfizer, Inc.
Students taking the course for credit should refer to WMU or MSU guidelines.
Students taking this course for credit are required to attend each seminar and will need to
contact Dr. Rob Eversole to make arrangements if they intend to miss a class. Others
attending this seminar series are encouraged to attend each seminar, if possible, and
arrive on time for minimal disruption to the speakers.
This program will encourage questions from the audience. Questions will be held until
the end of the lecture. Following the lecture there will be a question and answer period
which will be led by the moderator. All students taking this course for credit are required
to ask at least 2 questions at each lecture during the QA portion of the class.
Generally speaking, missing assignments is not a good policy; however, there are always
reasons for this occurrence. Therefore, students enrolled for credit that miss assignments
will need to resolve the issue with WMU. Please contact Dr. Rob Eversole for
“You are responsible for making yourself aware of and understanding the policies and
procedures in the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs that pertain to Academic
Honesty. These policies include cheating, fabrication, falsification and forgery, multiple
submission, plagiarism, complicity and computer misuse. [The policies can be found at
http://catalog.wmich.edu under Academic Policies, Student Rights and Responsibilities.]
If there is reason to believe you have been involved in academic dishonesty, you will be
referred to the Office of Student Conduct. You will be given the opportunity to review
the charge(s). If you believe you are not responsible, you will have the opportunity for a
hearing. You should consult with your instructor if you are uncertain about an issue of
academic honesty prior to the submission of an assignment or test.”
Dr. Rob Eversole of Western Michigan University is the Instructor of record for this
course and will set the policy for grading. Students taking this course for credit will be
required to write a weekly summary (hardcopy, 3-4 pages, double-spaced) and detail the
significance of the discussion. Weekly reports are due at the beginning of class one week
after the talk has been given. Also, a final 15-20 page report (hardcopy, double-spaced
w/o images, graphs or tables which can be indexed at the end) is to be written detailing
the overall processes required for developing a vaccine from concept through
commercialization and is due December 13th.
13 Weekly summaries, 12 points each…………………………156
13 weekly questions for the speaker, 8 points each……………104
Final Report Paper ………………………………….................240
Scale: 100-90% A
< 55% E