Universal Influenza
Vaccine Summit
Nashville, TN I Nov. 15-16, 2018

Towards a Universal Influenza Vaccine

On the centennial of the 1918 influenza pandemic, the Human Vaccines Project hosted a scientific summit: Towards a Universal Influenza Vaccine: Lessons from the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 to Now.  

The 2-day meeting (November 15-16, 2018) was held in Nashville, TN and brought together prominent researchers and thought leaders to enhance collaboration around the development of safe and effective universal influenza vaccines.

Featured participants included:

  • John Barry
    Tulane University

  • James E. Crowe, Jr.
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center

  • Emily Erbelding
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

  • Sen. Bill Frist
    Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader

  • Laurie Garrett
    Pulitzer Prize winning journalist

  • Robert Webster
    St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

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John Barry
Tulane University

John Barry is the prize-winning and New York Times best-selling author of The Great Influenza, which was named by the National Academy of Sciences as the 2005 outstanding book on science or medicine.

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James E. Crowe, Jr.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Dr. James Crowe is the Director of the Vanderbilt Vaccines Center and Co-Director of the Human Vaccines Project’s Universal Influenza Vaccine Initiative; and a member of the National Academy of Medicine

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Emily Erbelding
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Emily Erbelding, M.D., M.P.H., serves as Director of the NIAID Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (DMID). Dr. Erbelding is responsible for the strategic and scientific vision for DMID’s complex national and international research program.

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Sen. Bill Frist
Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader

Senator Frist is a nationally-acclaimed heart and lung transplant surgeon, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, and chairman of the Executive Board of the health service private equity firm Cressey & Company. Senator Frist is actively engaged in the business as well as the medical, humanitarian, and philanthropic communities.

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Laurie Garrett
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist

Laurie Garrett is a pulitzer Prize winning science journalist and author whose books include: The Coming Plague, Betrayal of Trust and I Heard the Sirens Scream. 

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Robert Webster
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Dr. Webster is Professor in the Division of Virology, Department of Infectious Diseases at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Studies on the Ecology of Influenza in Animals and Birds.

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