Latest News

Identification of protective antibodies may be key to malaria vaccine

Posted 14/06/2019

A study led by Jenner Investigator Prof Simon Draper has identified the antibodies that may hold the key to creating the first effective vaccine against malaria infection in the blood. The researchers from the Jenner Institute along with partners from five institutions around the world, have identified the human antibodies that prevent the malaria parasite from entering blood cells, which may be key to creating a highly effective malaria vaccination. The results of the study were published today in the journal Cell.

UK Clinical Vaccine Network Conference, 14th June 2019

Posted 22/05/2019
A new conference series by the UK Clinical Vaccine Network will start on 14 June 2019, in Wolfson College, Oxford, co-hosted by Dr Angela Minassian, Principal Investigator at the Jenner Institute. The conference aims to showcase the work of the UK clinical vaccine community and focuses on the future direction and challenges within the vaccine arena. Topics range from correlates of protection, adjuvants and novel delivery methods to global vaccines and vaccine acceptance. There will alsobe a masterclass for trainees and a plenary talk about careers in vaccinology. The conference will cover recent vaccine development in RSV, typhoid, rabies, CMV, and the potential impact of vaccines on antimicrobial resistance, as well as discussion around vaccine uptake and hesitancy. The programme is targeted towards clinical and non-clinical staff alike. 

Successful Vaccinology in Africa course completed in The Gambia

Posted 10/05/2019
41 West African vaccine researchers participated in this year's Vaccinology in Africa Master's Level Course on 29 April - 3 May 2019, in close collaboration with the host institution, the MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM. The courses have been running since 2013, under the leadership of the Jenner Institute, alternating between West and East Africa. The courses covers the main aspects of vaccinology, the vaccine development process, biomanufacturing, regulatory and ethical topics. It is uniquely hosted in Africa with an exceptional faculty of African and international academic and industry speakers, highlighting human and veterinary synergies in keeping with the ‘One Health’ agenda. The course is specifically aimed at students, researchers and professionals resident in Africa.  

Helen McShane and Philip Bejon elected Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences

Posted 08/05/2019

Jenner Investigators Helen McShane and Philip Bejon were amongst this year's new Fellows of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences. The Fellows have been selected for their outstanding contributions to advancing medical science, cutting edge research discoveries, and translating developments into benefits for patients and wider society. Many have also made a contribution to medical science through outstanding leadership, public engagement and supporting the career advancement of junior trainees.

Campaign for the Fight Against Malaria

Posted 25/04/2019

Jenner Institute is supporting the Fight Against Malaria campaign. Read features on the importance of stepping up commitment and investment to end malaria from key thought leaders, in today’s Guardian and online. “We need effective vaccines as soon as possible,” says Simon Draper, Head of the Blood-Stage Malaria Vaccine Group at the Jenner Institute, in a feature about malaria vaccines being trialled now. “In the year 2000, malaria was claiming about a million lives a year globally. By 2018 bed nets, insecticides and anti-malarial drugs had reduced that to around 450,000, but that improvement seems to be stalling.”

Jenner Investigator in new HIV vaccine trial collaboration

Posted 03/04/2019

The European AIDS Vaccine Initiative (EAVI2020) are getting closer to developing a protective vaccine against HIV with clinical trials now underway. Prof Quentin Sattentau, Jenner Investigator, is a member of the consortium coordinated by Prof Robin Shattock, Imperial College London. The role of Prof Sattentau’s lab is to design novel methods for stabilising HIV surface proteins with the aim of promoting enhanced antibody responses to vaccination.  

Growing optimism that a new TB vaccine will emerge

Posted 22/03/2019

Interview with Jenner Investigator, Prof Helen McShane in Horizon, the EU Research & Innovation magazine: "Several new TB vaccines are under development and there is growing optimism that a new vaccine will emerge. This could save millions of lives, but more work is needed to reassure the general public that vaccines are safe and effective. In the year 2000, there were no new TB vaccines in clinical trials. Today there are over a dozen – many of them coming from the TBVAC European consortium of vaccine developers".

Jenner Investigator Helen McShane wins prestigious national award

Posted 14/03/2019

Four University of Oxford professors have been named National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Senior Investigators in recognition of their “outstanding contribution to clinical and applied health and social care research”. Senior Investigators are appointed from NIHR Investigators through annual competitions, informed by the advice of an international panel of experts. Among those recognised was Prof Helen McShane, Director of the NIHR Oxford BRC. She said: “I am very proud to be one of the academics to have received this award. I’m equally proud of my university colleagues whose outstanding research leadership has been recognised with this highly competitive award".

Vaccine developed to treat osteoarthritic pain

Posted 13/03/2019

Researchers have developed a vaccine that blocks the effects of the main cause of pain in osteoarthritis (OA) - nerve growth factor (NGF) - in mice. In a collaborative effort between the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology and the Jenner Institute at the University of Oxford, with colleagues in the University of Bern, and the Latvian Biomedical Research & Study Centre, scientists have developed and tested a vaccine that could be used to treat chronic pain caused by osteoarthritis, by blocking the cause of the pain.

Open for applications: PhD Fellowships in Malaria Research

Posted 21/01/2019

The Multi-Stage Malaria Vaccine Consortium (MMVC) seeks applications for three four-year PhD fellowships supported by the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP).  MMVC offers training and excellent research opportunities for outstanding African PhD students in a vibrant and stimulating scientific environment.  Fellowships are open to all African scientists wishing to pursue a career in malaria research and vaccinology.  MMVC Fellowships may be held at one of the MMVC African partner institutions in Burkina Faso, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, The Gambia but applications are open to others who meet the required eligibility criteria working outside these institutions.

Applicants must be African nationals, and have an intention to pursue a long-term career in malaria research and/or vaccinology. Closing date 15 March 2019, 17:00 GMT. More details here.

If you have news or events that you would like to be added to this website, please email us details. If possible, please include a picture and links to further information.