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Environmental Microbiology Lecture 2017

Environmental Microbiology Lecture 2017
Professor Rino Rappouli

The EMI lecture 2017 will be held on 13 October 2017 at One Great George Street, and will be presented by Professor Rino Rappouli, Chief Scientist & Head of External Research and Development (R&D) at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Vaccines.

He is known globally for his work in vaccines and immunology. He co-founded the field of cellular microbiology, a discipline combining cell biology and microbiology, and pioneered the genomic approach to vaccine development known as reverse vaccinology.

Rappuoli led Chiron Corporation's development of adjuvanted influenza vaccines, MENJUGATE(R) conjugate vaccine against meningococcal-C disease and the first recombinant bacterial vaccine against pertussis. Currently, Rappuoli is actively involved in the research and development of further vaccines against meningococcal disease and avian and pandemic influenza.

Major achievements include development of CRM197 used in Haemophilus influenzae, Neisseria meningitidis, and pneumococcus vaccines; an acellular pertussis vaccine containing a genetically detoxified pertussis toxin; the first conjugate vaccines against meningococcus; MF59 adjuvant for influenza; the meningococcus B genome-derived vaccine.

During his career, he has introduced several novel scientific concepts: genetic detoxification in 1987; cellular microbiology in 1996; reverse vaccinology in 2000; pan-genome in 2005.

The timing of the lecture this year enables it to become part of the Royal Society of Biology’s “Biology Week”.

13/10/2017 18:00 - 13/10/2017 20:00
1 Great George Street London SW1P 3AA

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