Croucher Summer Course

Thank you for your interest in our Croucher Summer Course on Vaccinology. The course will be offered again during July or August 2018. Please enter your email address below if you would like to be notified when course application begins in January 2018.



About

This course is designed to provide graduate students and postdoctoral-level scientists an overview of the basic concepts in vaccinology. Participants will learn about the immunological and epidemiological mechanisms of vaccination, the process of developing vaccines, how to measure the efficacy or effectiveness of vaccines, how vaccines influence disease transmission and herd immunity. We will also discuss basic health economic evaluation of vaccines and risk communication on vaccine acceptability.



Teaching Faculty

Joseph T. Wu (Course Director) Thomas Abraham Benjamin J. Cowling Tommy T.Y. Lam Leo L.M. Poon Mark Jit (Course Co-director) Pauline Paterson Cecile Viboud Hongjie Yu
The University of Hong KongThe University of Hong Kong
Joseph T. Wu (Course Director)
Thomas Abraham
Benjamin J. Cowling
Tommy T.Y. Lam
Leo L.M. Poon
London School of Hygiene and Tropical MedicineLondon School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Mark Jit (Course Co-director)
Pauline Paterson
NIH/Fogarty International CenterNIH/Fogarty International Center
Cecile Viboud
Chinese Center for Disease Control and PreventionChinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Hongjie Yu


Application

Please click here to register through our portal

Closing date: 30 Apr 2016


To register for the course, please use the link above to submit the following documents on or before the closing date:

1. A completed registration form

2. A one-page CV

3. One reference letter

The course will be delivered in English. The maximum number of participants is 35. Successful applicants will be notified by 7 May 2016 via email.


Course Fee

The course fee is HK$3,000 which covers the course materials, 5 nights of accommodation in a shared two-bed room at Le Merdien Cyberport, transportation between the hotel and course venue, and all breakfasts, lunches and tea breaks during the course. Limited single rooms are available at a higher fee upon special request and subject to approval. The same course fee applies to all local and oversea applicants even if they opt for not staying in the hotel arranged. Course fee is only payable upon the confirmation of acceptance to the course. Payment details will be enclosed in the notification email.


Scholarship

A poster session on vaccinology will be held during the last day of the course. A limited number of scholarships are available for participants whose poster abstracts are accepted for presentation in the poster session. The course fee will be waived for all scholarship awardees. In addition, scholarship awardees from Asia and those from elsewhere will receive an airfare subsidy of up to HK$5,000 and HK$12,000, respectively. To apply for the scholarship, please submit a poster abstract (max 600 words) via the registration portal. Successful applicants will be notified by 7 May 2016 via email.


CME Accreditation

CME credits have been applied for practicing doctors who are not taking CME programme for specialists in Hong Kong. One CME point for each hour of completed session is applicable for CME accreditations from Hong Kong Doctors Union, Department of Health, Hong Kong Academy of Medicine and The Hong Kong Medical Association.


Cancellation

Cancellation must be made by email before 7 May 2016. An administrative fee of 50% of the course fee will be charged if cancellations are made after 7 May 2016. No refund will be made after the course commencement.



Course Schedule (Tentative)

Time zone: HKT (UTC+08:00)

18 July 2016 (Monday)
08:30 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 09:10 Welcome remarks Joseph Wu
Mark Jit
09:10 – 10:40 Lecture 1
Immunologic principles of vaccination
Leo Poon
10:40 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30 Lecture 2
Vaccine trials
Benjamin Cowling
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Tutorial 1
Evaluating serological responses induced by influenza vaccination
Leo Poon
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 17:30 Tutorial 2
Planning a phase III vaccine trial: How big does it have to be?
Benjamin Cowling

19 July 2016 (Tuesday)
09:00 – 10:30 Lecture 3
Disease surveillance: Clinical, virological, serological and internet-based surveillance
Cecile Viboud
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30 Lecture 4
Updating vaccines based on molecular epidemiology studies: genetic and antigenic surveillance
Tommy Lam
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Tutorial 3
Inferring disease burden from surveillance data
Cecile Viboud
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 17:30 Tutorial 4
Selecting a vaccine strain for influenza virus?
Tommy Lam

20 July 2016 (Wednesday)
09:00 – 10:30 Lecture 5
Infectious disease modeling
Joseph Wu
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30 Lecture 6
Health economic evaluation of vaccination programs
Mark Jit
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Tutorial 5
Optimizing vaccination strategies: Targeting high-transmitters or high-risk groups?
Joseph Wu
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 17:30 Tutorial 6
The benefit is worth the risk: The case of rotavirus vaccine
Mark Jit

21 July 2016 (Thursday)
09:00 – 10:30 Lecture 7
Vaccine acceptability
Pauline Paterson
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30 Lecture 8
Communicating the risks and benefits of vaccines to the public
Thomas Abraham
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 16:00 Panel discussion
Lessons from the 2009 influenza pandemic
Pauline Paterson
Thomas Abraham
Gabriel Leung
Hongjie Yu
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break

22 July 2016 (Friday)
09:00 – 10:30 Lecture 9
Post-marketing safety and efficacy surveillance
Joseph Wu
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30 Lecture 10
Vaccine licensure in China
Hongjie Yu
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Poster session
TBA
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 17:30 Special Presentation
Vaccine trends in China
Hongjie Yu


Location

Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong Jockey Club Building for Interdisciplinary Research, 5 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China




Contact

If you have any questions, please contact.


Course Secretariat sphcsc@hku.hk