The 11th Annual JHVI Vaccine Day is April 26, 2019!

Each year the Johns Hopkins Vaccine Initiative (JHVI) led by Dr. Ruth A. Karron sponsors a Vaccine Day event to showcase the breadth of vaccine related research by students and faculty at JHSPH and encourage a rich forum for collaborative discussions about future vaccine research being conducted at the school. Vaccine Day brings a distinguished vaccinologist to provide a keynote address each year and the activities include a faculty, staff and student poster session designed to promote collaborative discussion.

This year’s keynote speaker, Richard J. Hatchett, MD, is Chief Executive Officer of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), a partnership of public, private, philanthropic and civil organizations that will finance and co-ordinate the development of vaccines against high priority public health threats and vaccine platform technologies to respond rapidly to emerging infectious diseases with pandemic or epidemic potential.  Prior to joining CEPI, Dr. Hatchett most recently served as acting Director of the U.S. Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), after serving for five years as BARDA’s Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Director.  At BARDA, Dr. Hatchett oversaw programs to develop medical countermeasures against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats, pandemic influenza, and emerging infectious diseases and led or helped lead the development of vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics for a number of emerging viruses, including the H3N2v and H7N9 influenza viruses, MERS, Ebola, and Zika. Previously, Dr. Hatchett served on the White House Homeland Security Council under President George W. Bush and was a member of the White House National Security Staff under President Barack Obama.  He is a recipient of the HHS Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service and a five-time recipient of the NIH Director’s Merit Award.

Vaccine Day 2019 will kick off with Dr. Hatchett’s keynote address and panel discussion beginning at 1:30 pm in Sommer Hall.  A reception and poster session will follow at the Residence Inn.  We encourage everyone to participate in some or all of this year’s Vaccine Day festivities!