EDUFLUVAC workshop on experimental animal models for universal influenza vaccines

06 July 2016

The second EDUFLUVAC workshop on experimental animal models for universal influenza vaccines took place on 23-24 June 2016 at the Biomedical Primate Research Centre, Rijswijk, The Netherlands.  The workshop was organised by EDUFLUVAC, EU - Framework programme 7 funded project with the financial support of Sanofi Pasteur and Viroclinics.

Influenza experts from academia, industry, European and American regulatory authorities and other key stakeholders met to initiate discussions on how the influenza vaccine community should address the choice of animal models for preclinical evaluation of universal influenza vaccines.  The programme covered a diversity of influenza models, from well established publicly accepted as “gold standards”, to cutting edge newly developed animal models, as well as ex-vivo approaches and human model.  Following lively discussions participants concluded that different vaccine approaches require evaluation in different animal models, and there is a certain need for more collaboration in the field.  The key to success was identified as: communication, communication, communication!

Workshop participants

The EDUFLUVAC workshop organising committee warmly thanks all participants for their attendance and valuable contribution, and the sponsors for their kind support.

Scientific Organising Committee members:
Ed Remarque (BPRC), Gerrit Koopman (BPRC), Norbert Stockhofe (CVI), Othmar Engelhardt (NIBSC), Sophie Houard (EVI), Eric Nebie (EVI), Sophia Hundt (EVI).