The frontlines of influenza research

On the centennial of the 1918 influenza pandemic, the Human Vaccines Project is bringing together 200 prominent global scientists and thought leaders in a summit to discuss cutting-edge influenza and human immune system research.

Now that the new influenza season has begun, and with the virus continuing to represent a significant public health challenge globally, come learn about the state of the scientific research on influenza across a range of topics, including: how a lack of full understanding about the human immune system continues to be a primary hurdle to the development of a universal influenza vaccine. This 2-day open summit will include 7 panel discussions, featuring 30 speakers from around the world.

A special press briefing will be held for journalists, followed by a Q&A:

The Frontlines of Influenza Research

Thursday, November 15, 3pmET
Kimpton Aerston Hotel, Nashville, TN


  • Wayne Koff, Human Vaccines Project, on a new immune system study applied to influenza
  • Bill Frist, former U.S. Senator, on public trust in science
  • James Crowe, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, on work toward a universal flu vaccine
  • Jacqueline Katz, CDC, on the state of the current influenza season
  • Laurie Garrett, author, on the 1918 pandemic and implications for the future

Panels at the summit will include:

  • The Death Toll and Infection Rate, and Lessons for 2018
    Moderator: Laurie Garrett (Author)
    10:45am-11:45 am, November 15

    Speakers: Laura Spinney, (Author, Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World), Christopher Troeger (University of Washington, Seattle), Benjamin Douglas Daliziel (Oregon State University)

  • Clinical Features of the 1918 Pandemic and Lessons for 2018
    Moderator: Helen Branswell (STAT)
    1:30pm-2:30pm, November 15

    Speakers: Niall Johnson (University of Cambridge and Author of Britain and the 1918-19 Influenza Pandemic: A Dark Epilogue); Arnold Monto (University of Michigan School of Public Health, USA); Gordon Bernard (Vanderbilt University Medical Center)

  • Influenza Pandemic Preparedness
    Moderator: Jon S. Abramson (Wake Forest)
    3:45pm-5:00pm, November 15

    Speakers: Emily Erbelding (National Institutes of Health, National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases); Christine Oshansky-Weilnau (BARDA); Martin H. Friede (World Health Organization); Jon S. Abramson (Wake Forest)

  • Towards a Universal Influenza Vaccine
    Moderator: Bruce Gellin (Sabin Vaccine Institute)
    11:00am-12:45pm, November 16

    Speakers: Bruce L. Innis (PATH); James E. Crowe, Jr. (Vanderbilt University Medical Center); Ted M. Ross (University of Georgia); Jerry C. Sadoff (Janssen Infectious Diseases and Vaccines, USA), Adrian McDermott (National Institutes of Health, National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)


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Media Contact

Lisa M.P. Munoz
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