Prof. Lee Ho-wang, a pioneer in virology and vaccine development in Korea, will give a special seminar, titled "Hanta virus: Infection and vaccines" at the International Vaccine Institute on April 4.
Prof. Lee, Director of the Hantaan Life Science Foundation, was the first in the world to discover Hanta Virus in 1976, and to develop a vaccine against the pathogen in 1990. Prof. Lee, 77, will delve into his landmark research on the virus, and share experiences with vaccine development with IVI scientists during the hour-long presentation.
Emeritus Professor of Korea University, Prof. Lee has been serving as the President of the Korea Support Committee for the IVI since January last year. The KSC for the IVI is a group of some 60 preeminent Koreans dedicated to supporting the Institute's humanitarian mission. Prof. Lee also served as the chairman of the Korea Academy of Sciences, and is a member of the American Academy of Sciences.
Meanwhile, Prof. Pearay Ogra, professor of pediatrics at State University of New York at Buffalo, will also deliver a lecture on "Inside mucosal immunity: View from the outside" on the same day. Prof. Orga is serving as a member of the IVI's Scientific Advisory Board, a group of the world's leading vaccine experts who help guide the Institute's science programs.
Dr. Orga is participating in IVI's "Scholars in Residence" program this week. The program, sponsored by the pharmaceutical company Merck, will bring several distinguished scholars to the IVI for a week-long period. During this time, they will share their expertise and know-how in vaccinology with young IVI scientists.