Topic: vaccines

Paving the way to the polio vaccine

The iron lung, invented by HSPH’s Philip Drinker in 1928, pulled thousands of polio sufferers back from the brink of death. But with polio still ravaging the world, scientists in the 1930s and 1940s were frantically working on a polio vaccine. The…

Polio

[Winter 2009] Remembering the late HSPH Nobel Laureate, Thomas Weller As the polio virus swept across the United States in 1948, 32-year-old Thomas Weller was logging long hours in a Harvard Medical School laboratory, working to develop a new way to culture…

Hope for a needle-free TB vaccine

[ Spring 2008 ] New "dry-spray" technology passes muster in guinea pigs Aiming to make immunization safer and more cost-effective for the developing world, Harvard School of Public Health Dean Barry R. Bloom and two bioengineers at Harvard, David Edwards and doctoral student Yun-Ling Wong, have…

The Eradicator: Donald Hopkins

August 2013 -- Donald Hopkins, MPH ’70, and currently a vice president at the Carter Center, has spent a career helping to eradicate two major tropical diseases. Beginning in the 1960s he helped lead efforts to vaccinate people in Africa and Asia…

Rethinking Research Biosafety for Potential Pandemic Pathogens

October 2012 -- Laboratory-modified, highly virulent strains of the H5N1 virus were recently developed in such a way that they can be passed from one mammal to another (ferrets), suggesting that the new and potentially dangerous strain might easily be transferrable between…

Vaccinating boys against Human Papillomavirus (HPV) not cost-effective

Cervical Cancer Prevention Efforts Should Prioritize Vaccinating Pre-Adolescent Girls and Continued Cervical Cancer Screening For immediate release: Thursday, October 8, 2009 Boston, MA -- Persistent infection with high-risk types of human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted virus, is known to be a…