This course is run jointly by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the School of Public Health at The University of Hong Kong. The course is taking place in Hong Kong.
Vaccines are the most effective tool for prevention against many infectious diseases. The last two decades have been called a 'golden age' in the development of vaccines. However, many of the vaccines licensed in this era have highly complex immunological, ecological and economic effects. Effective use of these vaccines requires a new generation of public health professionals with multi-disciplinary skills to be able to understand issues around the immunological mechanism, safety, efficacy, effectiveness, population impact, effects on microbiological ecology, delivery, cost-effectiveness and public trust of vaccines.
This Croucher Summer Course is designed to provide graduate students and postdoctoral-level scientists an overview of the basic concepts in vaccinology. Participants will learn about the immunological and epidemiological mechanisms of vaccination, the process of developing vaccines, how to measure the efficacy or effectiveness of vaccines, how vaccines influence disease transmission and herd immunity. We will also discuss basic health economic evaluation of vaccines and risk communication on vaccine acceptability. The course will be taught in English.
Every summer the Croucher Foundation funds short courses that aim to educate and inspire postgraduate students and early career researchers from Hong Kong and the wider region. This summer course is sponsored by Croucher Foundation in 2016. It is being run jointly by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the School of Public Health at The University of Hong Kong.
- Immunologic principles of vaccination
- Evaluating serological responses induced by vaccination
- Vaccine trials: introduction and planning
- Clinical, virological, serological and internet-based disease surveillance
- Genetic and antigenic disease surveillance based on molecular epidemiology
- Inferring disease burden from surveillance data
- Selecting virus strains for influenza vaccines
- Infectious disease modeling and optimization of vaccination strategies
- Health economic evaluation of vaccination programs
- Health economic evaluation of rotavirus vaccine
- Vaccine acceptability
- Communicating the risks and benefits of vaccines to the public
- Risk communication and lesson from the 2009 influenza pandemic (panel discussion)
- Post-marketing vaccine safety and efficacy surveillance
- Vaccine licensure and trends in China
The University of Hong Kong (HKU)
- Joseph T. Wu, Associate Professor, School of Public Health
- Thomas Abraham, Associate Professor of Practice, Journalism and Media Studies Centre
- Benjamin J. Cowling, Professor, School of Public Health
- Tommy T.Y. Lam, Assistant Professor, Centre for Influenza Research, School of Public Health
- Leo L.M. Poon, Associate Professor, School of Public Health
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)
- Mark Jit, Reader in Vaccine Epidemiology
- Pauline Paterson, Research Fellow and Co-lead of The Vaccine Confidence Project
NIH/Fogarty International Center
- Cecile Viboud, Staff Scientist
Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention
- Hongjie Yu, Director of Division for Infectious Diseases
The course fee is HK$3,000 which covers the course materials, 5 nights of accommodation in a shared two bed room at Le Meridien Cyberport, transportation between the hotel and course venue, and all breakfasts, lunches and tea breaks during the course. Limited single rooms are available at a higher fee upon special request and subject to approval. Course fee is only payable upon the confirmation of acceptance to the course.
CME Accreditations in Hong Kong
CME credits have been applied for practicing doctors who are not taking CME programme for specialists in Hong Kong. One CME point for each hour of completed session is applicable for CME accreditations from Hong Kong Doctors Union, Department of Health, Hong Kong Academy of Medicine and The Hong Kong Medical Association.How to apply
Please note applications and enquiries should be made to the Croucher Foundation as follows:
- Applications should be made online via the Croucher Course website: https://csc.influenza.hk/.
- Enquiries should be made to the Croucher Course Secretariat: firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: 30 Apr 2016
Successful applicants will be notified by 7 May 2016. Scholarship results will be announced at the same time.
Cancellation must be made by email before 7 May 2016. An administrative fee of 50% of the course fee will be charged if cancellations are made after 7 May 2016. No refund will be made after the course commencement.
Who Should Apply?
Public health and medical professionals and researchers with interests in multi-disciplinary skills of vaccinology are strongly encouraged to apply.