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29th International Conference on Vaccines and Immunization, will be organized around the theme “Highlights of latest technologies and innovations in Vaccines and Immunization”

Vaccines Summit 2018 is comprised of 24 tracks and 182 sessions designed to offer comprehensive sessions that address current issues in Vaccines Summit 2018.

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Infectious diseases are responsible for approximately 25% of global mortality, especially in children aged younger than 5 years. Much of the burden of infectious diseases could be alleviated if appropriate mechanisms could be put in place to ensure access for all children to basic vaccines, regardless of geographical location or economic status. In addition, new safe and effective vaccines should be developed for a variety of infections against which no effective preventive intervention measure is either available or practical. The public, private, and philanthropic sectors need to join forces to ensure that these new or improved vaccines are fully developed and become accessible to the populations in need as quickly as possible.

  • Track 1-1Anthrax vaccines
  • Track 1-2Poliomyelitis vaccines
  • Track 1-3Tick-borne encephalitis vaccines
  • Track 1-4Haemophilus influenza type b vaccines
  • Track 1-5Rabies vaccines
  • Track 1-6Varicella and herpes zoster (shingles) vaccines
  • Track 1-7Human papilloma-virus vaccines
  • Track 1-8Rotavirus gastroenteritis vaccines
  • Track 1-9Yellow fever vaccines
  • Track 1-10Japanese encephalitis vaccines
  • Track 1-11Dengue fever vaccines
  • Track 1-12Typhoid fever vaccines
  • Track 1-13Pneumococcal vaccines
  • Track 1-14Tuberculosis vaccines
  • Track 1-15Measles vaccines
  • Track 1-16Rubella vaccines
  • Track 1-17Cholera vaccines
  • Track 1-18Meningococcal vaccines
  • Track 1-19Influenza vaccines
  • Track 1-20Diphtheria vaccines
  • Track 1-21Mumps vaccines
  • Track 1-22Tetanus vaccines
  • Track 1-23Hepatitis vaccines
  • Track 1-24Pertussis vaccines
  • Track 1-25Vaccines for emerging & re-emerging diseases

Therapeutic cancer vaccines are administrated to cancer patients to eradicate cancer cells through strengthening patient's own immune responses. The various immune effector mechanisms of therapeutic vaccination i.e. it specifically attack and destroy cancer cells and spare normal cells. Thus cancer vaccines may be utilized to inhibit further growth of advanced cancers and/or relapsed tumours that are refractory to conventional therapies, such as surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Despite of many decades of intense research and development, there is no commercially available malaria vaccine till today. RTS,S/AS01 is the most advanced vaccines candidate against the most deadly human malariaP. falciparum. More than 20 other vaccine constructed are currently in clinical trials or are in advanced preclinical development. BCG is the only available TB vaccines. But, BCG is partially effective as it provides protection only against severe forms of paediatric TB, not completely protective against infants and adult pulmonary TB. Therefore there is an urgent need for new, safe and effective vaccines that prevent against all forms of TB.

  • Track 2-1Cancer immunoprevention
  • Track 2-2Therapeutic cancer vaccines
  • Track 2-3Preventive cancer vaccines
  • Track 2-4Oncoviruses & oncobacteria
  • Track 2-5Malaria Vaccines for Pregnants and Newborns
  • Track 2-6Novel Methods in TB vaccination
  • Track 2-7Tumour antigen

An AIDS vaccine does not yet exist, but efforts to develop a vaccine against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, have been underway for many years. An HIV vaccine could be effective in either of two ways. A preventive vaccine would stop HIV infection occurring altogether, whereas a therapeutic vaccine would not stop infection, but would prevent or delay illness in people who do become infected, and might also reduce the risk of them transmitting the virus to other people. Although a preventive vaccine would be ideal, therapeutic vaccines would also be highly beneficial. The basic idea behind all HIV vaccines is to encourage the human immune system to fight HIV. 

  • Track 3-1HIV vaccine strategies
  • Track 3-2T cell-based vaccines
  • Track 3-3B cell-based vaccines
  • Track 3-4Innate & mucosal immunity
  • Track 3-5Viral vaccine vectors
  • Track 3-6Preventive HIV vaccines
  • Track 3-7Innovations in HIV vaccine discovery
  • Track 3-8Emerging clinical trials
  • Track 3-9Challenges on AIDS vaccines development

Bioweapons threat could include the deliberate release of a biological agent by attackers that causes one or more variety of different diseases. The use of effective vaccines would likely to protect lives and limit disease spread in a biological weapons emergency. Licensed vaccines are currently available for a few threats, such as anthrax and smallpox, and research is underway to develop and produce vaccines for other threats, such as tularaemia, Ebola virus, and Marburg virus. Many bioweapon disease threats, however, lack a corresponding vaccine, and for those that do, significant challenges exist to their successful use in an emergency situation.

  • Track 4-1Anthrax and Smallpox
  • Track 4-2Plague and Tularemia
  • Track 4-3Ebola, Marburg, Lassa, and Machupo Virus
  • Track 4-4Q fever, Ricin toxin, Typhus fever
  • Track 4-5 Nipah virus

Increasingly, more diseases are becoming vaccine preventable, but maintaining community and provider acceptance demands that the number of injections doesn’t increase. Combination conjugate vaccines represent an inevitable and important advance. This paper reviews the efficacy and safety of combination conjugate vaccines, including immunological mechanisms underlying interactions among vaccine epitopes, the role of immunological memory, and correlates of immunity. Specific attention is given to the experience with combination vaccines against each of Haemophilus influenzae type b, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Neisseria meningitidis. The implications of these findings for different communities are discussed, key areas for further research identified and implications for post-licensure monitoring addressed.

  • Track 5-1BCG vaccines
  • Track 5-2Dtap, Tdap vaccines
  • Track 5-3MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) vaccines
  • Track 5-4MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) vaccines
  • Track 5-5Diphtheria and tetanus toxoids (DT) vaccines
  • Track 5-6Mumps and rubella (Mu-Rub) vaccines
  • Track 5-7Formulation technologies used for conjugated vaccines
  • Track 5-8Peptides, Carbohydrates and Antigens containing vaccines

Scientists take many approaches to designing vaccines against a microbe. These choices are typically based on fundamental information about the microbe, such as how it infects cells and how the immune system responds to it, as well as practical considerations, such as regions of the world where the vaccine would be used. A DNA vaccine against a microbe would evoke a strong antibody response to the free-floating antigen secreted by cells, and the vaccine also would stimulate a strong cellular response against the microbial antigens displayed on cell surfaces. The DNA vaccine couldn’t cause the disease because it wouldn’t contain the microbe, just copies of a few of its genes. In addition, DNA vaccines are relatively easy and inexpensive to design and produce. Inactivated vaccines can be composed of either whole viruses or bacteria, or fractions of either. Fractional vaccines are either protein-based or polysaccharide-based.

  • Track 6-1Mechanistic basis for DNA-raised immune responses
  • Track 6-2Plasmid Vector
  • Track 6-3Recombinant protein vaccines
  • Track 6-4Modulation of immune response
  • Track 6-5DNA vaccines delivery

Travel vaccines are recommended to provide protection against diseases endemic to the country of origin or of destination. They are intended to protect travellers and to prevent disease spread within and between countries. There is no single vaccination schedule that fits all travellers. Each schedule must be individualized according to the traveller’s previous immunizations, health status and risk factors, the countries to be visited, the type and duration of travel, and the amount of time available before departure. 

Edible vaccines hold great promise as a cost-effective, easy-to-administer, easy-to-store, fail-safe and sociocultural readily acceptable vaccine delivery system, especially for the poor developing countries. It involves introduction of selected desired genes into plants and then inducing these altered plants to manufacture the encoded proteins.

  • Track 7-1Development of edible vaccines
  • Track 7-2Application of edible vaccines
  • Track 7-3Candidates for edible vaccines
  • Track 7-4Advantages of edible vaccines
  • Track 7-5Pre-travel vaccination and its wider impact

Immunization against diseases such as Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis saves the lives of approximately three million children each year. Immunization also prevents many more millions from suffering debilitating illness and lifelong disability. Globally, approximately 132 million babies need to be fully immunized each year. In order to meet this need, immunization systems must have adequate resources, trained and motivated staff, and ample vaccines and syringe supplies.

  • Track 8-1Chickenpox vaccination
  • Track 8-2Severe reactions to foods, insect stings, and medications (anaphylaxis)
  • Track 8-3Gastro-intestinal vaccination
  • Track 8-4HPV vaccines (girls only)
  • Track 8-54-in-1 pre-school booster
  • Track 8-6MMR vaccines
  • Track 8-7Hib/Meningitis C booster vaccines
  • Track 8-8Serogroup  B meningococcal (MenB) vaccines
  • Track 8-9Rotavirus vaccines
  • Track 8-10Pneumococcal or Pneumo Jab (PCV) vaccines
  • Track 8-115-in-1 vaccines
  • Track 8-12Neonatal respiratory syncytial virus infection vaccine

Patients with immune-mediated inflammatory diseases (IMID) such as RA, IBD or psoriasis, are at increased risk of infection, partially because of the disease itself, but mostly because of treatment with immune-modulatory or immunosuppressive drugs. In spite of their elevated risk for vaccine-preventable disease, vaccination coverage in IMID patients is surprisingly low. Although the reduced quality of the immune response in patients under immunotherapy may have a negative impact on vaccination efficacy in this population, adequate humoral response to vaccination in IMID patients has been demonstrated for Hepatitis B, Influenza and Pneumococcal vaccination. 

  • Track 9-1Innate immunity and diabetes vaccines
  • Track 9-2Central nervous system-targeted & Tissue-specific autoimmunity
  • Track 9-3Vaccines for immunodeficiency diseases
  • Track 9-4Vaccines for autoimmune skin disorders & neuropathies
  • Track 9-5Vaccination strategy in patients with IMID
  • Track 9-6Vaccine safety: impact on disease activity in IMID patients
  • Track 9-7Vaccine safety: impact on disease activity in IMID patients

Considerable progress has been made in the production of veterinary vaccines whether live or inactivated for animal use during the past two decades with the increasing use of continuous cell lines as a substrate and adoption of the fermentor technology for antigen production. These vaccines are produced for administration to domestic animals or wild species by parenteral or oral routes according to vaccine characteristics. More recently a third generation of live veterinary rabies vaccine has been developed using recombinant technology. Depending upon the expression system these vaccines are used either parentally or orally. Oral rabies vaccines are widely used in foxes in Europe and in racoons in the USA. Trials are under way for the oral immunization of dogs in developing countries.

  • Track 10-1Second-generation veterinary vaccines
  • Track 10-2Highly immunogenic inactivated cell culture vaccines
  • Track 10-3Third generation of live rabies vaccines
  • Track 10-4live or inactivated veterinary vaccines
  • Track 10-5Veterinary vaccines for parenteral use
  • Track 10-6Modified live-virus veterinary vaccines for oral immunization of wildlife
  • Track 10-7Recombinant veterinary vaccines for oral immunization of wildlife

Vaccines developed for aquaculture have reduced antibiotic use in fish production. Currently, vaccines are available for some economically important bacterial and only few vaccines for viral diseases and no vaccine developed for fish parasites and fungus. Major limitations in fish vaccine developments are less understanding of fish immunology, many vaccines unlicensed, not cost effective (expensive) and stressful on administration. Research are needed to review on the present status of fish vaccination for controlling fish diseases, and shows the needs and directions for future investigations.

Vaccination plays an important part in the health management of the poultry flock. There are numerous diseases that are prevented by vaccinating the birds against them. A vaccine helps to prevent a particular disease by triggering or boosting the bird’s immune system to produce antibodies that in turn fight the invading causal organisms.

  • Track 11-1Route and strategy of administration
  • Track 11-2Fish vaccine formulation
  • Track 11-3Poultry vaccine production
  • Track 11-4Vaccination procedures
  • Track 11-5Types of fish and poultry vaccines

Drug addiction is a serious problem worldwide. One therapy being investigated is vaccines against drugs of abuse. The antibodies elicited against the drug can take up the drug and prevent it from reaching the reward centres in the brain. Few such vaccines have entered clinical trials, but research is going on apace. Many studies are very promising and more clinical trials should be coming out in the near future.

  • Track 12-1Drug molecules and immune system
  • Track 12-2Morphine and heroin vaccines
  • Track 12-3Methamphetamine vaccines
  • Track 12-4Nicotine vaccines
  • Track 12-5Cocaine vaccines
  • Track 12-6Hapten structure, linkage chemistry, immunogenic proteins, and adjuvants

Vaccinations may be one of the triggers for autism. Substantial data demonstrate immune abnormality in many autistic children consistent with impaired resistance to infection, activation of inflammatory response, and autoimmunity. Impaired resistance may predispose to vaccine injury in autism. A mercurial preservative in childhood vaccines, thimerosal, may cause direct neurotoxic, immune-depressive, and autoimmune injury and contribute to early-onset and regressed autism. Live viruses in measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) may result in chronic infection of the gut and trigger regressed autism. Thimerosal injection may potentiate MMR injury.

  • Track 13-1Autism-vaccines hypothesis
  • Track 13-2Live viruses in measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
  • Track 13-3Vaccines containing thimerosal
  • Track 13-4Simultaneous administration of multiple vaccines
  • Track 13-5Autoimmunity in autism
  • Track 13-6Depressed resistance in autism

Vaccine efficacy refers to the ability of vaccines to bring about the intended beneficial effects on vaccinated individuals in a defined population under ideal conditions of use. The potential benefits of an effective vaccine – e.g. promotion of health and well-being, and protection from illness and its physical, psychological and socioeconomic consequences must be weighed against the potential risk of an adverse event following immunization (AEFI) with that vaccine. Vaccine-associated risk is the probability of an adverse or unwanted outcome occurring, and the severity of the resulting harm to the health of vaccinated individuals in a defined population following immunization with a vaccine under ideal conditions of use.

  • Track 14-1Usage and awareness in public
  • Track 14-2Anaphylaxis
  • Track 14-3Vaccine safety and quality
  • Track 14-4Anaphylactic hypersensitivity
  • Track 14-5Safe immunization schedules
  • Track 14-6Quality control and assurance of vaccines
  • Track 14-7Safety and efficacy of attenuated vaccine
  • Track 14-8Biomarkers for vaccine safety and efficacy

As we get older, our immune system tends to weaken over time, putting us at higher risk for certain diseases. This is why, in addition to seasonal flu (influenza) vaccine and Td or Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis), the adults 60 years or older should take Pneumococcal vaccines, which protect against pneumococcal disease, including infections in the lungs and bloodstream (also recommended for adults younger than 65 years who have certain chronic health conditions) and Zoster vaccine, which protects against shingles.

  • Track 15-1Flu shots for seniors
  • Track 15-2Immunization schedule for elderly people
  • Track 15-3Immunization and its side effects in geriatrics
  • Track 15-4Vaccine dosing and administration in older adults
  • Track 15-5Herpes zoster vaccines
  • Track 15-6Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccines
  • Track 15-7Contraindications and precautions during vaccination in geriatrics
  • Track 15-8Risk factors in geriatric immunization

Immunization during pregnancy has the potential to protect the mother and the infant against vaccine preventable diseases. New born infants are at high-risk for significant illness and death from certain infectious diseases because their immune system has not fully developed. One aim of vaccinating pregnant women is to increase the amount of maternal antibody (proteins that fight disease) transferred to infants, potentially protecting them from infectious diseases.

  • Track 16-1Whooping Cough vaccines in pregnant women
  • Track 16-2Halting vaccination in pregnancy
  • Track 16-3Chiropractic vaccination care in women and pregnancy
  • Track 16-4Immunization during or before pregnancy / delivery
  • Track 16-5HIV and other STD vaccines for pregnant women
  • Track 16-6HPB, HAV, HBV vaccination for neonates
  • Track 16-7Influenza vaccination of pregnant women and protection of their infants

It is interesting to have a look on activities of drug developers in area of antibody-inducing vaccines directed against non-infectious diseases and some unconventional indications. These vaccines have been in most cases developed so far as treatment vaccines. This is in opposite to infectious diseases vaccines used as prophylactic vaccines. Despite promising late stage candidates, with some very recent failures, there is still no antibody-inducing vaccine approved targeting other than microorganism antigens (i. e targeting self-antigens , addiction molecules antigens and others. It is interesting to have a look on activities of drug developers in area of antibody-inducing vaccines directed against non-infectious diseases and some unconventional diseases.

  • Track 17-1Vaccines against cancer
  • Track 17-2Vaccines against allergy
  • Track 17-3Vaccines against chronic degenerative diseases
  • Track 17-4Vaccines against autoimmune diseases

The development of human vaccines continues to rely on the use of animals for research. Regulatory authorities require novel vaccine candidates to undergo preclinical assessment in animal models before being permitted to enter the clinical phase in human subjects. Substantial progress has been made in recent years in reducing and replacing the number of animals used for preclinical vaccine research through the use of bioinformatics and computational biology to design new vaccine candidates. However, the ultimate goal of a new vaccine is to instruct the immune system to elicit an effective immune response against the pathogen of interest, and no alternatives to live animal use currently exist for evaluation of this response. 

  • Track 18-1Animal models in vaccine development
  • Track 18-2Innovations and clinical trials in vaccination
  • Track 18-3Diagnostic and clinical applications
  • Track 18-4Engineered mouse models in cancer
  • Track 18-5Research and development of viral vaccines, including field trials

It has been about 30 years since the first plant engineering technology was established. Although the concept of plant-based pharmaceuticals or vaccines motivates us to develop practicable commercial products using plant engineering, there are some difficulties in reaching the final goal: to manufacture an approved product. At present, the only plant-made vaccine approved by the United States Department of Agriculture is a Newcastle disease vaccine for poultry that is produced in suspension-cultured tobacco cells. The progress toward commercialization of plant-based vaccines takes much effort and time, but several candidate vaccines for use in humans and animals are in clinical trials. This review discusses plant engineering technologies and regulations relevant to the development of plant-based vaccines and provides an overview of human and animal vaccines currently under clinical trials.

  • Track 19-1Bovine and porcine products
  • Track 19-2Chicken embryos and embryonated eggs
  • Track 19-3Plants as bioreactors
  • Track 19-4Chloroplast-derived protozoan antigens
  • Track 19-5Chloroplast-derived autoantigens

vaccine adjuvant is an ingredient of a vaccine that helps create a stronger immune response in the patient’s body.  In other words, adjuvants help vaccines work better. Some vaccines made from weakened or dead germs contain naturally occurring adjuvants and help the body produce a strong protective immune response. However, most vaccines developed today include just small components of germs, such as their proteins, rather than the entire virus or bacteria. These vaccines often must be made with adjuvants to ensure the body produces an immune response strong enough to protect the patient from the germ he or she is being vaccinated against. Aluminum gels or aluminum salts are vaccine ingredients that have been used in vaccines since the 1930s.  Small amounts of aluminum are added to help the body build stronger immunity against the germ in the vaccine. Aluminum is one of the most common metals found in nature and is present in air, food, and water. The amount of aluminum present in vaccines is low and is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

  • Track 20-1Plasmid vector
  • Track 20-2Mucosal vaccine delivery and development
  • Track 20-3Intradermal vaccine delivery system
  • Track 20-4Vaccine delivery using viral vectors
  • Track 20-5Inulin-derived adjuvant
  • Track 20-6Cytokines as adjuvants
  • Track 20-7Track Bacteria-derived adjuvants
  • Track 20-8Tensoactive adjuvants
  • Track 20-9Organic & inorganic adjuvants
  • Track 20-10Aluminum in vaccines
  • Track 20-11Latest techniques and advancements in vaccines delivery systems

Vaccine development is an activity that focuses on a variety of technological initiatives and applied research, which enhance and promote improved systems and practices for vaccine safety. In the past year, the unprecedented Ebola disease outbreak galvanized research and industry response and as we continue to search for solutions, we must review the lessons learned in order to overcome the current challenges. Vaccine development is a long, complex process, often lasting 10-15 years and involving a combination of public and private involvement. The current system for developing, testing, and regulating vaccines developed during the 20th century as the groups involved standardized their procedures and regulations.

  • Track 21-1Egg-based vaccines
  • Track 21-2Mammalian cells-based vaccines
  • Track 21-3Production using plant, insect cells or bacteria cultures
  • Track 21-4Investigational vaccines manufacture
  • Track 21-5Clinical development of vaccines

The response to pathogens is composed by the complex interactions and activities of the large number of diverse cell types involved in the immune response. The innate immune response is the first line of defence and occurs soon after pathogen exposure. It is carried out by phagocytic cells such as neutrophils and macrophages, cytotoxic natural killer (NK) cells, and granulocytes. The subsequent adaptive immune response includes antigen-specific defence mechanisms and may take days to develop. Cell types with critical roles in adaptive immunity are antigen-presenting cells including macrophages and dendritic cells. Antigen-dependent stimulation of various cell types including T cell subsets, B cells, and macrophages all play critical roles in host defence.

  • Track 22-1Autoimmunity & immuno-modulation
  • Track 22-2Delayed-type hypersensitivity or cellular immunity
  • Track 22-3Immunologic deficiency states and their reconstitution
  • Track 22-4Transplantation immunology
  • Track 22-5Non antibody immunity and recent innovations
  • Track 22-6Natural killer cell immunology
  • Track 22-7Non-malignant leukocyte Immunophenotyping
  • Track 22-8Malignant Leukocyte Immunophenotyping
  • Track 22-9Monoclonal antibodies development               

Antibodies, also called immunoglobulins, are large Y-shaped proteins which function to identify and help remove foreign antigens or targets such as viruses and bacteria. Antibodies are produced by specialized white blood cells called B lymphocytes (or B cells). When an antigen binds to the B-cell surface, it stimulates the B cell to divide and mature into a group of identical cells called a clone. The mature B cells, called plasma cells, secrete millions of antibodies into the bloodstream and lymphatic system. Every different antibody recognizes a specific foreign antigen. This is because the two tips of its “Y” are specific to each antigen, allowing different antibodies to bind to different foreign antigens. Antibodies are produced by the immune system in response to the presence of an antigen. Antibody engineering has become a well-developed discipline, encompassing discovery methods, production strategies, and modification techniques that have brought forth clinically investigated and marketed therapeutics. The realization of the long-standing goal of production of fully human monoclonal antibodies has focused intensive research on the clinical employment of this potent drug category.

  • Track 23-1Antibody biology & engineering
  • Track 23-2Antibodies as drugs: Immunological scaffolds as therapeutics
  • Track 23-3Antibody-targeted fusion proteins for cancer therapy
  • Track 23-4Genetics and epigenetics of the immune system
  • Track 23-5Antibodies and neuroscience
  • Track 23-6Monoclonal antibodies and organ cancers

Vaccine development remains challenging because of the highly sophisticated evasion mechanisms of pathogens for which vaccines are not yet available. Recent years have witnessed both successes and failures of novel vaccine design and the strength of iterative approaches is increasingly appreciated. These combine discovery of novel antigens, adjuvants and vectors in the preclinical stage with computational analyses of clinical data to accelerate vaccine design. Reverse and structural vaccinology have revealed novel antigen candidates and molecular immunology has led to the formulation of promising adjuvants. Gene expression profiles and immune parameters in patients, vaccines and healthy controls have formed the basis for bio-signatures that will provide guidelines for future vaccine design.

  • Track 24-1Immunological challenges
  • Track 24-2Antigen discovery
  • Track 24-3Immunization routes
  • Track 24-4Aspects of pathology and host responses
  • Track 24-5Expanded testing and modeling of vaccine
  • Track 24-6Chloroplast-derived vaccines antigens and therapeutics
  • Track 24-7Chloroplast-derived viral antigens