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Notice to Readers: Twelfth Annual Conference on Vaccine Research

CDC and 11 other national and international agencies and organizations will collaborate with the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases in sponsoring the Twelfth Annual Conference on Vaccine Research, April 27--29, 2009, at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland. The conference is the largest scientific forum devoted exclusively to the research and development of all vaccines and related technologies for prevention and treatment of disease through immunization. The conference brings together the diverse fields of human and veterinary vaccinology to encourage cross-fertilization of ideas and approaches among researchers otherwise focused on specific diseases or methods.

Twenty invited speakers at five symposia will discuss vaccine safety, immunization programs for global health, synergy between veterinary and human vaccine development, and tuberculosis and malaria vaccines. Six oral sessions and posters will include presentations selected through peer review from among submitted abstracts.

A travel grant program to subsidize attendees from countries with limited resources has an application deadline of December 7, 2008. Deadline for online submission of general abstracts is January 26, 2009. Abstracts from eligible authors may be designated for consideration for the Maurice R. Hilleman Early-Stage Career Investigator Award, which provides $10,000 for research expenses and a travel stipend and registration for the 2010 conference.

Additional information about the preliminary program, travel grants, abstract submission, registration, hotel accommodation, and exhibition space is available at http://www.nfid.org/conferences/vaccine09, by e-mail (vaccine@nfid.org), fax (301-907-0878), by telephone (301-656-0003, ext 19), and by mail (NFID, Suite 750, 4733 Bethesda Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814-5278).



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