The leading international influenza vaccines conference IVW 2017 is invariably attended by prominent influenza virologists.
Mr. John Oxford (founder of influenza vaccinology in the modern sense, pictured), Mr. Peter Palese (expert on universal vaccines), Mr. Ad Osterhaus (expert on prepandemic vaccines against animal flu), Mr. John Wood (expert in biological standardization), Mr. Robert Webster (expert in avian influenza), Mr. Bram Palache (expert in strategy and international programs), and many others discussed current issues of influenza prevention.
The program included a comprehensive discussion of the problems and prospects associated with influenza vaccines – from monitoring systems to selecting optimal strains to new types of influenza vaccines. Particular attention was paid to recent achievements in the field of universal vaccines against influenza – newly discovered conservative antigens characteristic of any influenza virus.
A separate section and a working group meeting were devoted to the development of new approaches to assessing the quality of influenza vaccines, the connection between immunogenicity and protective efficacy; in particular, replacing the SRID method by a more modern one was considered.
SPbSRIVS presented at the event findings of the systematic analysis of live attenuated and inactivated vaccines based on direct comparative studies.
Participants – both colleagues and competitors – noted the depth of the discussion, the amount of data collected and the relevance of the problem, as well as compliance with the conference schedule. “It is crucial for the Institute to maintain the status of a leading manufacturer of influenza vaccines in
Russia with its own R&D facilities – participating in international high-profile events, including promotion of its products and establishing contacts to preserve the potential for accelerated development,” said the Deputy Director for Research
Mr. Y.M. Vasilyev.