Croucher Summer Courses

Every summer the Croucher Foundation funds short courses that aim to educate and inspire postgraduate students and early career researchers from Hong Kong an...

Vaccinology for Public Health and Clinical Practice in the 21st century

This five-day summer 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.

Vaccines are the most effective tool for prevention against many infectious diseases. The global health community in 2010 declared this to be the “Decade of Vaccines” with an action plan to accelerate discovery, development and delivery of vaccines around the world. However, many of the vaccines licensed in this era have highly complex immunological, ecological and economic effects. Effective use of these vaccines requires a new generation of public health professionals with multi-disciplinary skills to be able to understand issues around the immunological mechanism, safety, efficacy, effectiveness, population impact, effects on microbiological ecology, delivery, cost-effectiveness and public trust of vaccines. 


Date: 16-20 July 2018
Venue: The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
Application: https://vac.med.hku.hk/apply
Application Closing Date: 30 April 2018 23:59 EST (Successful applicants will be notified by 11 May 2018)
Maximum number of participants: 35
Language: English


Teaching Faculty

The 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 & Tropical Medicine

Mark Jit (Course Co-director)

Pauline Paterson

NIH/Fogarty International Center

Cecile Viboud

Fudan University

Hongjie Yu

Course Fee and Scholarship

The course fee is HK$3,000 which covers the course materials, 5 nights of accommodation (2 participants share 1 room with twin beds), transportation between hotel and course venue, a welcome dinner, a farewell dinner and all breakfasts, lunches and tea breaks during the course. Payment should ONLY be made via the online portal upon confirmation of acceptance to the course.

A poster session on vaccinology will be during the course. A 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, please submit an abstract (max 600 words) via the registration portal.

CME Accreditations in Hong Kong

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.

Contact us:
Tel: (852) 3917 6799
E-mail: sphcsc@hku.hk
Website: https://vac.med.hku.hk

Application link: https://vac.med.hku.hk/apply

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