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Live panel discussion: COVID-19 and vaccine development

As the COVID-19 pandemic is sweeping across the world, everyone is hoping for a vaccine that can stop this pandemic in its track. But what goes into vaccine development? What are the aspects that researchers need to consider when testing the vaccine candidates? Let’s find answers to these and more questions in our conversation with an epidemiologist and an immunologist.

In this webinar, Ewa Knitter — an epidemiologist who obtained her Master’s degree in Public Health with a focus on epidemiology and global health at the University of Colorado in Denver, USA — and Luís Almeida — an immunologist who obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Faculty of Science of the University of Lisbon — will answer all pertinent questions around vaccine development and challenges related to developing a vaccine on COVID-19.

This live panel discussion is an opportunity for you to learn about vaccine development from an expert epidemiologist and immunologist. Moreover, you can get all your questions answered.

This event is part of the R COVID-19 initiative of CACTUS.

Ewa Knitter is an epidemiologist who obtained her Master’s degree in Public Health with a focus on epidemiology and global health at the University of Colorado in Denver, USA. She has experience working for various governmental as well as non-governmental organizations in the United States. Most recently, she served as an infectious disease epidemiologist in Florida where she was responsible for influenza and respiratory disease surveillance. In addition to being an editor with CACTUS Communications, Ewa is currently involved in several COVID-19-related projects and will be starting a faculty position at the Medical University in Gdansk, Poland this summer.

Luís Almeida is an immunologist who has done his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Faculty of Science of the University of Lisbon. He has done his master’s thesis on the interplay between type 3 innate lymphoid cells and the intestinal lamina propria, before moving on to Hannover in Germany, to do his PhD on T cells and autoimmunity with Professor Tim Sparwasser. His current work focuses on understanding the metabolic requirements of T cells during infection and autoimmunity. Specifically, he is studying on how antibiotics which target the mitochondria can impact on T cell function, both during autoimmunity and infection.

Access a recording here of this event here.

Originally published on Editage Insights (available here) on June 17, 2020 and been republished here with editorial permission.

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