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Vol. LXII, No. 24
November 26, 2010

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Knipe To Give Straus Lecture, Dec. 10 in Lipsett Amphitheater
Dr. David M. Knipe

Dr. David M. Knipe will deliver NIAID’s third annual Stephen E. Straus Memorial Lecture on Infectious Diseases. Knipe’s talk, “Continuing Challenges in the Development of a Herpes Vaccine: One Step Forward and Two Steps Backward,” will take place on Friday, Dec. 10, at 1 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10.

Knipe is based at Harvard Medical School, where he is the Higgins professor and vice-chair of the department of microbiology and molecular genetics and chair of the Harvard Program in Virology. His research focuses on herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2), which causes genital herpes and severe herpes infections in newborns and immunocompromised patients. Specifically, he studies the molecular and cellular biology of the virus, productive and latent infection and the mechanism of host immune response to HSV. Much of this work is geared toward developing an HSV-2 vaccine.

Knipe will discuss ongoing research in his laboratory as well as past and future attempts to develop an HSV-2 vaccine. He will also talk about the disappointing results from a recently concluded phase III international trial of an HSV-2 vaccine and implications for the future of HSV-2 vaccine research.

Knipe earned his Ph.D. in cell biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1976.

The lecture series honors Dr. Stephen Straus, who served NIAID for 30 years as a lab chief and senior investigator, continuing in this latter role even after his appointment as the first director of NCCAM.

NCCAM further honors Straus by holding its second annual Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture in the Science of Complementary and Alternative Medicine on Wednesday, Dec. 15. Harvard’s Dr. Vikas Sukhatme will present “Promise for the Future in Yesterday’s Remedies: Traditional Therapies to Modern Medicine” at 9 a.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. All are invited to attend. NIHRecord Icon

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