Expert Alert - Establishing Immunity: The importance of getting vaccines

     Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) experts are available
    for interviews for the National Immunization Awareness Week (April 25
                                  to May 2)

    OTTAWA, April 15 /CNW Telbec/ - Did you know that vaccines have saved
more lives than any other medical intervention in the last century? Yet
according to the World Health Organization, around 397,000 people in the
Americas died from an infectious disease in 2002. Thanks to the many
discoveries that have been made during the past decades, vaccines, when
available, are a solution to protect populations against many diseases. Indeed
it is estimated that two million deaths a year are prevented due to
    In light of the National Immunization Awareness Week, CIHR-funded
researchers are available to discuss how vaccines can save lives.


    Stopping an epidemic: The quest for an HIV vaccine

    Dr. Bhagirath Singh, Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of
    Infection and Immunity (London)

    Keep your kids healthy! The benefits of pediatric vaccines

    Dr. Michael Kramer, Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Human
    Development, Child and Youth Health (Montreal)
    Dr. David Scheifele, CIHR-funded researcher from British Columbia
    Children's Hospital (Vancouver)

    Cervical cancer: How the HPV vaccine can protect women

    Dr. Eduardo Franco, CIHR-funded researcher from McGill University

    Vaccination against Hepatitis A could improve public health among adults
    in Canada

    Dr. David Scheifele, CIHR-funded researcher from British Columbia
    Children's Hospital (Vancouver)

    Can vaccinating kids protect their grand-parents from the flu? What we
    can learn from the Hutterite community

    Dr. Mark Loeb, CIHR-funded researcher from McMaster University (Hamilton)

    Cheap, easy, painless protection: The future of needle free vaccines for
    infectious diseases

    Dr. Scott Halperin, Director of the Canadian Centre for Vaccinology and
    Clinical Research Chair in Vaccines, Dalhousie University and IWK Health
    Centre (Halifax)

    The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of
Canada's agency for health research. CIHR's mission is to create new
scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more
effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian
health-care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and
support to nearly 12,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada.

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For further information:

For further information: To schedule an interview: David Coulombe, CIHR
Media Specialist Office, (613) 941-4563, Cellphone: (613) 808-7526, Fax: (613)

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