2023 LaMontagne Lecture - March 21, 2023, 3:00 p.m.
Link to the recorded Symposium here.

Peter Hotez

Peter J. Hotez, M.D., Ph.D. was the speaker for the 2023 LaMontagne Symposium that was held March 21, 2023, 3:00 p.m. at the Connally Ballroom in the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center on the UT Campus. The title of his lecture was Global Vaccinations and "The Anti-Poverty Vaccines": Science vs. Anti-Science.

Dr. Hotez is Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine where he is also the Co-director of the Texas Children’s Center for Vaccine Development (CVD) and Texas Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair of Tropical Pediatrics.  He is also University Professor at Baylor University, Fellow in Disease and Poverty at the James A Baker III Institute for Public Policy,  Senior Fellow at the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at Texas A&M University, Faculty Fellow with the Hagler Institute for Advanced Studies at Texas A&M University, and Health Policy Scholar in the Baylor Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy.

Dr. Hotez is an internationally recognized physician-scientist in neglected tropical diseases and vaccine development, championing access to vaccines globally and in the United States. As co-director of the Texas Children’s CVD, he leads a team and product development partnership for developing new vaccines for hookworm infection, schistosomiasis, leishmaniasis, Chagas disease, and SARS/MERS/SARS-2 coronaviruses, diseases affecting hundreds of millions of children and adults worldwide.

In December 2021, Dr. Hotez led efforts at the Texas Children’s Center for Vaccine Development to develop a low-cost recombinant protein COVID vaccine for global health, resulting in emergency use authorization in India. In 2022, Hotez and his colleague Dr. Maria Elena Bottazzi were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for “their work to develop and distribute a low-cost COVID-19 vaccine to people of the world without patent limitation.”

Dr. Hotez has authored more than 600 original papers and is the author of five single-author books, including Forgotten People, Forgotten Diseases (ASM Press); Blue Marble Health: An Innovative Plan to Fight Diseases of the Poor amid Wealth (Johns Hopkins University Press); Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism (Johns Hopkins University Press); and Preventing the Next Pandemic: Vaccine Diplomacy in a Time of Anti-science (Johns Hopkins University Press). Dr. Hotez appears frequently on television (including BBC, CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC), radio, and in newspaper interviews (including the New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal).

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LCID Researchers in the News

FDA Approves RSV Vaccine Developed with McLellan, NIH Research

May 30, 2023

The Food and Drug Administration recently approved the first-ever respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccine for older adults that utilizes research developed by a team that includes LCID Member Jason McLellan and scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This vaccine culminates a decades-long search for an effective tool to prevent this illness which can be deadly to children and older adults.

McLellan, along with NIH researchers Barney Graham and Peter Kwong, has been working for several years on structure-based vaccine design

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Nancy Moran

Moran Recipient of NAS Waksman Award

February 1, 2023

The National Academy of Sciences has announced LCID Faculty Member Dr. Nancy A. Moran as recipient of the 2023 Selman A. Waksman Award in Microbiology. Established by the Waksman Foundation for Microbiology, the Selman A. Waksman Award is a prize of $20,000 that is presented to recognize a major advance in the field of microbiology.

In its announcement, the NAS cited Moran’s trailblazing research on the evolution and biology of the intimate symbiosis between insect hosts and bacteria that has expanded understanding of microbial symbiosis and bacterial genome

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Jason McLellan

McLellan Receives 2 Prestigious Awards in Recognition of His Vaccine Work

January 30, 2023

LCID Faculty Member Dr. Jason S. McLellan has been named the 2023 recipient for both the Welch Foundation’s Norman Hackerman Award in Chemical Research as well as the National Academy of Sciences Award in Molecular Biology. The two awards were given in recognition of McLellan’s work as a pioneer in structure-based vaccine design. His work has been instrumental in the development of COVID-19 mRNA vaccines in addition to on-going research towards an effective RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) vaccine that has gone through a successful phase three trial.

The Norman

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Dr. Maria Croyle

Dr. Maria Croyle Receives Best Paper Award from the University Co-op Research Excellence Awards

November 4, 2022

Dr. Maria Croyle, LCID Faculty Member and Molecular Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery Glaxo Wellcome Professor in the College of Pharmacy, recently received the Best Research Paper Award from the University Co-op as part of its Research Excellence Awards. 

The Best Paper Award recognizes extraordinary achievement by a faculty member or staff researcher who was the principal or sole author of a peer-reviewed scholarly paper reporting original research that was published between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021.

Dr. Croyle’s paper, published in 

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