A 5-year $5.4m grant has been awarded to Profectus BioSciences and theGalveston National Laboratory (GNL) at UTMB to support the development of a Vesicular Stomatitis virus-vectored vaccine for Ebola and Marburg Viruses.
The grant, awarded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will help develop the trivalent vaccine to protect against infection with all major strains of Ebola and Marburg viruses, the two members of the filovirus family of hemorrhagic fever viruses.
As part of the development Profectus will design and develop the lyophilized trivalent vaccine, while the GNL will conduct the studies at biosafety level 4 (BSL4) to demonstrate protection against the Ebola and Marburg viruses.
GNL investigator and UTMB professor Tom Geisbert said proving the potential of this vaccine would be an amazing step forward in combating these deadly filoviruses.
"The unique resources of the GNL's BSL4 lab provide the confines to test the Profectus candidate vaccine safely and effectively and we look forward to carrying out the task that NIH has set for us," Geisbert said.
Factors previously identified by IARC as agents that can increase cancer risks include a variety of chemicals, physical agents, and biological agents to which people are exposed as a result of occupational exposures and lifestyle factors.
The IARC is part of the World Health Organization (WHO). Previously,Ullrich participated in IARC initiatives on cancer risk in humans associated with exposure to radiation, including sunlight and tanning beds. The cancer risks as a result of the use of tanning beds were first identified as part of this IARC initiative under the leadership of Ullrich. He is recognized internationally as an expert on the cancer risks effects of radiation exposures.
Shanuntel Cooley helps Cypress Schubert, a kindergarten student at Oppe Elementary, get fitted for his helmet by Sharon Croisant.
The Institute for Translational Research and the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health brought a Texas Medical Association (TMA) program Hard Hats for Little Heads to the City of Galveston’s third EducationFEST Celebration.
is an all day event that recognizes educational opportunities and achievements in the city of Galveston.
The bike helmet give-away was organized by Michele Cravey and UTMB volunteers Amit Kumar, Marilyn Petty and Rachel Mathers. They spent the day fitting children for free bicycle helmets. Kathy Tiernan, chair of the City of Galveston Families, Children and Youth Board and director of Health Outcomes, UTMB Health Policy and Legislative Affairs said that the event was a big success with over 550 participants attending.
Thanks to Dr. Larry Sowers, chair of the Department of Pharmacology
, and Dr. Cliff Houston, associate vice- president for Educational Outreach, for their participated in the event and educated the public about research training opportunities for youth at UTMB, and to the UTMB Office of Health Policy and Legislative Affairs for its help in promoting the festival.
Carla Kantara is the April Excellence in Professionalism award winner. She was nominated for her "exemplary professionalism, as she has been involved in numerous charity events throughout UTMB and Galveston county. Carla contributes to others through tutoring, judging science fairs, or advising. She consistently gives her time to help students of all levels, K-12 thru higher Ed, succeed in their studies. Carla is an asset to everyone she meets both in a professional and personal setting. It is my pleasure to nominate Carla for you Excellence in Professionalism award.
More than 40 UTMB employees recently participated in the March of Dimes Walk raising $7,000 and exceeding their goal for 2012. Congratulations to all who participated!