Decoding Human Immune System to Transform Global Disease Prevention and Control

May 25, 2016

Vaccines have been one of the most effective public health interventions over the last century, preventing and controlling a broad spectrum of infectious diseases [1Centers for Disease C, Prevention. Control of infectious diseases. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 1999;48:621629.[PubMed][Google Scholar]]. Recent scientific and technological breakthroughs suggest an even greater potential for vaccines and immune-driven therapies for diseases ranging from complex pathogens and cancers to allergies and autoimmune diseases. Still, continued and significant public health advances are being held back by a lack of understanding of how best to exploit the human immune system to confer specific and durable protective immune responses.

W. C. Koff and T. Schenkelberg (2016)