Vaccine development saves lives: Professor Hogarth delivers Albert Coates Oration

Burnet Institute

16 November, 2011

Professor Mark Hogarth

“Vaccines are probably the best and most spectacular example of how you can manipulate immunity,” he said.

Held at the University of Ballarat’s Brewery Lecture Theatre on the historic SMB Campus, the oration’s topic was ‘medical research and 21st century biotechnology’.

He also discussed the manipulation and industrialisation of the body’s immune response through medical research into life-saving vaccines around the world.

Professor Hogarth congratulated Commonwealth leaders for their recent commitment to the eradication of polio in three remain countries.

“Polio is one of those diseases that can be eradicated but its been a problem in developing countries because of things like civil unrest and distribution of vaccines, "he said.

“The desire to get it done takes political will and commitment of funds as we saw at the CHOGM summit in Perth.”

A senior principal NHMRC research fellow and principal of research strategy at the Burnet Institute, Professor Hogarth has been involved in medical research for many decades.

The Albert Coates Oration is named in honour of a local Ballarat surgeon who was a pioneer in neurosurgery and distinguished medical officer in both World Wars. Aged 46 he was captured by the Japanese, became one of the hero-surgeons on the Burma-Thai Railway and was later knighted for his services in 1955.

The Oration was covered by the Ballarat Courier.

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Professor Mark Hogarth

Head, Immune Therapies Group




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