Fondation Merieux

A family foundation dedicated to fighting infectious diseases

Fondation Mérieux and the University of Geneva organized from 18-29 May 2009, its 10th course of vaccinology

1 June 2009, Annecy (France)

ADVAC: A two-week training programme for decision-makers, including academia, industry, governmental and non-governmental agencies, in all fields related to vaccines and vaccination, vaccine trials, new vaccines, vaccination strategies and policies, vaccine-specific issues (including hepatitis, meningitis, polio, measles, pneumococcal diseases, influenza, malaria, HIV / AIDS, tuberculosis, HPV, rotavirus, dengue & JE), ethical issues related to vaccine trials, financing of immunization policy, communication.

The next course will be organized from 10 to 21 May 2010 at the Fondation Mérieux Conference Centre.

Registration on the ADVAC website will be possible from 8 June 2009 until 17 November 2009.

The attendance is limited to 65 participants who will be selected by an International Scientific Committee on the basis of their qualifications, decision-making responsibilities, and motivation.

The course aims to facilitate critical decision making in vaccinology by providing participants with a comprehensive overview of the field, from immunology to vaccine development, including clinical trials and the social, economic, political and ethical issues of vaccination.

The course welcomed over 60 top-level international lecturers and working group supervisors, all experts in vaccinology and 60 selected candidates coming from more than 35 different countries.

The 10th Anniversary was celebrated at Les Pensières, Fondation Mérieux Conference Centre and Menthon Saint Bernard Castle in presence of Alain Mérieux, President of Fondation Mérieux, Claire-Anne Siegrist et Paul-Henri Lambert, from University of Geneva and founders of the course, and all the representatives of ADVAC partners.

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