Direct From the Vaccine Lab
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Direct From the Vaccine Lab

Suitable for grades 5-9


Direct from the Vaccine Lab


June 24th, 2021 at 10am-11am


Zoom - Participants will receive a link after registering


Live Interactive Program

Poke at your curiosity, and discover whats what at the vaccine lab!

Find yourself wondering about vaccines lately? Vaccines are a hot topic right now, and this next episode of Direct From will take you inside a Canadian vaccine laboratory from Saskatoon. Vaccine scientists have been taking on epidemiological challenges, like COVID-19 or influenza, for decades, and now you can have an exclusive glimpse into what goes into each dose.

Did you know that the vaccine team in Saskatchewan was one of the first places to start working on a vaccine for COVID? Direct From the Vaccine Lab, from VIDO (Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization) and the University of Saskatchewan, will take students on a tour through their vaccine lab that has helped research vaccines for diseases like COVID-19. Through this interactive program, students will get to explore the tools, experiments, and research that goes into creating effective vaccines.



Learning Objectives:

· Showcase the speed at which new pathogens can emerge and spread.

· Insight into the process of vaccine development and approval.

· Highlight the power of modern science to rapidly develop vaccines.

· Analysis of the threats of future pandemics.

· Consideration of a new paradigm of vaccine development.

· Enhanced partnership biomedical and social sciences to minimize pandemic consequences.

Vaccine Development in the Midst of a Pandemic

Firstly, VIDO will showcase their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, and their efforts to be the first lab in Canada to isolate the virus, the first in Canada to establish an animal model of infection, and the first in Canada to develop a vaccine candidate. This is presented as a real-time, first-person narrative of the challenges, uncertainties, and successes.

Secondly, VIDO will discuss the probability of future pandemics, and what can be done to minimize their consequences; the COVID-19 pandemic has created a new paradigm for vaccine development, and has created a new partnership between the biomedical and the social sciences.

Q&A with audience throughout. Includes video tours of “restricted access areas”

Dr. Scott Napper

Scott Napper is a Professor is the College of Medicine within the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Immunology as well as a Senior Scientist within the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO). A protein biochemist by training, his research interests are in the development of vaccines for protein misfolding diseases, such as Prion diseases, ALS, and Alzheimer’s disease. He also pioneered a technology that enables high-throughput analysis of intracellular communication transfer that has offered insight into the molecular basis of cancer, colony collapse disorder in honeybees, and host-pathogen interactions. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Napper served as the Interim Director of Research for VIDO helping to guide the organization to be the first in Canada to isolate the virus, first to develop an animal model, and first to develop a vaccine. VIDO’s COVID-19 vaccine is currently in clinical trials. Dr. Napper has a strong commitment to promoting science education and is a frequent speaker at high schools within the province as well as a four-time winner of the University of Saskatchewan Teaching Excellence Award.

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