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Vaccine research lecture draws capacity crowd at CUB

Photos by Becky Phillips, WSU Today


Capacity crowd awaits speakers arrival at CUB
Wendy C. Brown, professor in veterinary microbiology and pathology, gave the 2009 Distinguished Faculty Address today, March 27, as part of the univresity’s annual Showcase celebration.
Speaking to a full-capacity crowd in the CUB Jr. Ballroom, Brown talked about her research in immunology and vaccines, which is of global importance.
Brown is part of a team of WSU researchers who are sharing a $1.68 million grant through the National Institutes of Health. Joining Brown are Guy H. Palmer, WSU Regent’s Professor of pathology and director of the School for Global Animal Health and Kelly Brayton, associate professor of WSU’s Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology (VMP) and the School for Global Animal Health.
On the faculty since 1995, Brown and collaborators have developed the scientific basis for the eventual production of rationally designed and effective vaccines against diseases caused by protozoal and rickettsial infectious agents and have laid the foundation for extrapolation of these approaches to similar diseases of humans.
In 2007, Brown was named an American Association for the Advancement of Science fellow for her distinguished contributions to understanding T-lymphocyte responses to obligate intracellular tick-borne protozoal and rickettsial pathogens yielding vaccine candidates and novel mechanisms used to modulate host immunity.
For related feature article on Brown’s research,  see the WSU Today feature article titled “Research efforts: Method speeds up vaccine development.”

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