Centennial Lecture on Hookworm Vaccine Study
Feb 12, 2013FOR MORE INFORMATION:
DAWN RUDE, administrative assistant, Academic Affairs
AMY KELLY, Media Relations director
CENTENNIAL LECTURE ON HOOKWORM VACCINE STUDY
Dr. Jennifer Bath will present a Centennial Scholars Lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in Birkeland Alumni Lounge. The lecture, “Serological Screening of Five Novel KLH-Conjugated Peptide Vaccines Designed to Protect Against the Human Hookworm, Ankylostoma duodenale,” is free and open to the public.
Intestinal hookworm infections affect nearly six hundred million people worldwide and with little in funding and research, these infections are categorized as Neglected Tropical Diseases. Various efforts have been enacted to control the spread, but recent focus has shifted to the possibility of an anti-hookworm vaccine.
Bath, assistant professor, biology, and co-inquirers Jonah Pearson ’14, Park Rapids, Minn.; Elizabeth Richards ’14, Bemidji, Minn.; and Kevin Luk ’14, Grand Forks, N.D.; examined the ability of host antibodies to recognize the vaccines. They also did a thorough analysis of the safety, tolerability and efficacy of the vaccines to protect the host and a detailed analysis of resulting host immunity.
The Centennial Scholars Program began in 1983 with an emphasis on joint faculty and student scholarship.