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Some of North America's top immunologists are gathering at McGill on Nov. 17 to promote the importance of immunology as flu season starts. Foremost on the agenda is to introduce Immunology Montreal to the public and to researchers. The group will be comprised of researchers from McGill, INRS-Institut Armand Frappier and Univérsité de Montreal. Marianna Newkirk, professor of Medicine and director of the Research Institute McGill University Health Centre Grants Office, co-founded Immunology Montreal based on her strong belief in educating people about public-health issues.
"An educated public is a prepared public, and that's what Immunology Montreal is about," said Newkirk. The inaugural symposium, which is open to the public, will take place at 8 am on Friday, Nov. 17, 2006 in Ballroom B, New Residence Hall. Speakers will include Robert Seder, of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), one of the world's experts on vaccination; McGill Professor Brian Ward, a well-recognized infectious-diseases expert and leader in vaccines in developing countries; Danuta Skowronski, an epidemiologist from the British Columbia Center for Disease Control and one of Canada's experts on the preparedness for an influenza pandemic, among others.
"Vaccines, Bird Flu and the Media," the inaugural Immunology Montreal Symposium, is open to the public and takes place on Nov. 17 at New Residence Hall.