2023 LaMontagne Lecture - March 21, 2023, 3:00 p.m.

Peter Hotez Peter J. Hotez, M.D., Ph.D. will be the speaker for the 2023 LaMontagne Symposium to be 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 is Global Vaccinations and "The Anti-Poverty Vaccines": Science vs. Anti-Science.

Dr. Hotez is Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology, and University Professor at Baylor College of Medicine. He is Co-director of the Texas Children’s Center for Vaccine Development (CVD) and holds the Texas Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair of Tropical Pediatrics. He is a 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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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.

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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.

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Jason McLellan

LCID Member McLellan's RSV Research Featured in News Media

October 24, 2022

The Washington Post and Texas Monthly recently featured articles on LCID Member Jason McLellan and his contributions to the development of an RSV vaccine with National Institutes of Health viral immunologist Barney Graham. The articles looked at the beginnings of McLellan’s partnership with Graham when they worked together at NIH in 2008 and the challenges they faced in developing the vaccine as well as the promising results that have come from recent human trials of RSV vaccines based on their research. The Texas Monthly article also looked at other research

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2 LCID Members Receive Grants from Cancer Institute

October 4, 2022

LCID Members Jennifer Maynard and Walter Fast recently received grants from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas for their cancer research. Dr. Maynard's lab received $3.9 million, which will go towards new equipment to aid the lab's work in creating antibodies against cancer. A grant of $250,000 was awarded to the Fast Lab, led by Dr. Fast, which will go to the lab's graduate students who are translating Dr. Fast's research into a usable drug to treat cancer.

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