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Oct. 4, 2007

Expert to discuss NGOs' role in vaccine development Oct. 12

John Boslego, M.D., director of the Vaccine Development Global Program at the nonprofit health organization PATH, will present "NGOs and Global Public Health: PATH's Work on Vaccines and Immunization" from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in Room 2117 of the Medical Education and Research Facility on the University of Iowa campus.

The program is free and open to the public, and also will be broadcast via streaming video on the Web. Advanced registration is requested.

PATH is an international, nonprofit organization based in Seattle, Wash., with the mission of improving the health of people around the world by advancing technologies, strengthening systems and encouraging healthy behaviors. In his presentation, Boslego will discuss the breadth of work on vaccines and immunization at PATH, and show how nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) can impact global public health.

He will describe how an NGO can increase availability of vaccines for populations in the developing world, work to decrease the lag time between the developed and developing worlds in adopting a vaccine, and further the development of a vaccine candidate through research and development.

Boslego's career spans 30 years of service to the U.S. government and private industry, including nearly two decades of work in vaccine research for Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.

This program is part of the fall 2007 Grand Rounds series sponsored by the Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness (UMCPHP). To register online, visit Links to the live Web broadcast, as well as archives of past presentations, are available on the center's site.

In addition, UI Television (UITV) will show the archived presentation. Information about the UITV service area and program schedule is online at

The presentation is sponsored by the Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness, Institute for Public Health Practice, UI College of Public Health, Iowa Association of Local Public Health Agencies, Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa Hospital Association and Iowa Medical Society. UMCPHP is funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more information on the Grand Rounds series, contact Angela Harding, program assistant in the Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness, at 319-335-8451 or by e-mail at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242

MEDIA CONTACT: Debra Venzke, College of Public Health Office of Communications, 319-335-9647,; Writer: Brandy Huseman