Penny Heaton, Gates FoundationThis year’s keynote lecture was given by Dr. Penny Heaton, Director of Vaccine Development for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Heaton’s talk entitled Reducing Childhood Mortality Through Vaccination: progress, challenges and the future, focused on the progress that Gates Foundation researchers are making to address and reduce mortality in neonates, infants and children, particularly in developing countries where diseases such as malaria and even polio are still important concerns.

Childhood mortality rates have dropped dramatically since 1960. Worldwide, mortality rates in children have dropped from 20 million per year in 1960 to 6.6 million in 2012. Such an amazing decline in such short time is attributed to the development and use of vaccines like the polio vaccine and application of interventions such as malaria control and improved prenatal care. Dr. Heaton and the research teams that she works with are dedicated to bringing mortality rates even lower.

Dr. Heaton’s talk including an in-depth discussion of the Gates Foundation’s work to eradicate poliovirus worldwide can be seen here.

About the
 Annual LaMontagne Lecture in Infectious Disease 

Dr. John LaMontagneThe LaMontagne Lecture is made possible by the continuing generosity of the LaMontagne family and friends and through distributions from the John Ring LaMontagne Memorial Chair in Infectious Diseases and Global Health, established in loving memory of Dr. John R. LaMontagne by family, friends and colleagues in 2006.

The John R. LaMontagne Lecture Series continues the tradition of infectious disease research in which Dr. LaMontagne himself was a leader.  

Anthony Fauci at 2015 LaMontagne Lecture

The inaugural LaMontagne Lecture in 2015, “The Ebola Outbreak: A Perfect Storm,” was presented by Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. 

To watch a video of the 2015 lecture with Dr. Fauci, click here.