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The 1st online free refresher vaccinology course for health care specialists already trained in vaccinology.

Who can attend?

This new course is  targeting health care experts which have already been trained in one of the ICAVT vaccinology courses (Alumni).

If you haven't been trained yet in vaccinology, we advise you to visit the ICAVT Vaccinology Trainings catalogue to identify courses you can apply to.

Dates 2024

The exact same online course is offered twice to allow participants for all over the world to attend:

  • Morning Week (10 AM - 12:40 PM CET - Geneva Time): 4-6 June 2024 (for people located in Asia, Oceania, Europe and Africa)
  • Aternoon Week (3 PM - 5:40 PM CET, Geneva Time): 11-13 June 2024 (for people located in the Americas, Europe and Africa)

Format

  • Each week, 3 sessions of a half-day (3-4 hours) will be offered.
  • Each session of 3-4 hours will contain 3 to 4 lectures of 35 minutes each.
  • Each lecture will consist of a 25-minutes lecture and 10 minutes live discussion between the alumni and the lecturer, animated by the chair of the session (an ICAVT member)
  • Alumni and ICAVT partners can ask question using the video or the chat

Accreditation

The course has received accreditation from the the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME® event reference LEE/2024/00621 (Week 1: 4-6 June 2024) and LEE/2024/00622 (Week 2: 11-13 June 2024).

If granted, you will receive up to 5.5 credits for continuing medical education if you attend the training. The course organizer (ADVAC at the University of Geneva) will check the attendance during the course to be able to deliver the Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits adequately.  Participants in the Course should be able to convert these credits through their respective professional bodies. 

Context

ICAVT is a partnership of 35 vaccinology courses worldwide. Those trainings have a different history, background, content and audiences but they all have trained, over the years, altogether, thousands of experts in the area of vaccinology.

However, alumni from those various trainings have constantly requested to attend again the trainings they attended initially or other ones to update their knowledge as the vaccinology area is in constant evolution and changes thanks to a strong research pipeline and a rich and diverse implementation community.

Instead of allowing alumni to attend the trainings they already completed again or attend another course and therefore reduce the number of new experts trained, ICAVT members have agreed to jointly develop a single common refresher course dedicated to their alumni. This course will provide annually the alumni from various background with lectures on the last updates on immunization and on new topics key for their daily activities.

Course objectives

The course aims at providing a refresher course and latest updates on immunization and vaccines to the alumni of the various existing advanced vaccinology training courses worldwide.

The alumni refresher vaccinology course will provide updates in the following key areas of vaccinology: immunology, vaccine development, clinical trials, regulatory processes, vaccine-specific issues including new vaccines, vaccination strategies and policies, programme implementation, humanitarian emergencies, social, economic, political and ethical issues, financing, and communications. It will also provide lectures on new areas of the discipline uncovered by previous courses.

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Scientific Committee  


PROGRAMME 2024       


Lecturers & Panellists 2024 

  • Jakob Cramer (CEPI)
  • Clare Cutland (University of Witwatersrand)
  • Anna Durbin (Johns Hopkins University)
  • Mateusz Hasso-Agopsowicz WHO)
  • Joachim Hombach (WHO)
  • Benjamin Kagina (University of Cape Town)
  • Ranjana Kumar (GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance)
  • Steve Lewandowsky (Bristol University)
  • Aurélia Nguyen (GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance)
  • Hanna Nohynek (Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare)
  • Marie-Pierre Preziosi (WHO)
  • Christoph Steffen (WHO)
  • Naveen Thacker (International Paediatric Association)
  • Angus Thomson (Irimi)
  • Marta Tufet Bayona (GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance)
  • Pierre Van Damme (University of Antwerp)
  • Chris Wolff (BMGF)
 


Chairs 2024

  • Clare Cutland (University of the Witwatersrand)
  • Denise Naniche (Barcelona Institute for Global Health)
  • Ombeva Malande (East Africa Centre for Vaccines and Immunization)
  • Kamel Senouci (University of Geneva)
  • Naveen Thacker (International Paediatric Association)
  • Rodolfo Villena (University of Chile)
 

How to register?

ARVAC is targeting health care experts which have already been trained (Alumni) in one of the ICAVT vaccinology courses.

To register at ARVAC, please contact the Director of the Vaccinology Course you attended. She/He will provide you with the link to register.

Following Registration within the limit of 300 people per week, a personal link will be sent shortly before the course to attend virtually.

Registrations are closed. 

 

Resources week 1

ARVAC lectures and documents -  week 1

TUESDAY 4 JUNE 2024
Chair -  Kamel Senouci (University of Geneva)
Lecture 1: Updates on Meningitis Vaccines  - Marie-Pierre Preziosi (WHO)
Lecture 2: Updates on NITAGs - Benjamin Kagina (University of Cape Town) 
Lecture 3: Challenges of adult immunization - Pierre Van Damme (university of Antwerp) 
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WEDNESDAY 5 JUNE 2024
Chair: Ombeva Malande (East Africa Centre for Vaccines and Immunization, ECAVI) 
Lecture 4: Reaching zero-dose children - Ranjana Kumar (Gavi)
Lecture 5: Vaccines and AMR - Mateusz Hasso-Agopsowicz (WHO)
Lecture 6: New clinical/regulatory framework: acceleration of vaccine licensure - Jakob Cramer (CEPI)
Panel 1: What’s new on the vaccine policy and country support front? - Marta Tufet Bayona (GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance), Joachim Hombach (WHO) 
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THURSDAY 6 JUNE 2024
Chair - Naveen Thacker (International Paediatric Association)
Panel 2: Update on vaccines confidence - Naveen Thacker (International Paediatric Association), Angus Thomson (Irimi) 
Lecture 7: Maternal Immunization - Clare Cutland (University of the Witwatersrand) 
Lecture 8: Lower-efficacy vaccines: what is acceptable and how to integrate more public health interventions and vaccines (e.g Malaria vaccine) - Hanna Nohynek (Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare) 
Lecture 9: Updates on Dengue and Chikungunya vaccines - Anna Durbin (Johns Hopkins University) 
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Resources week 2

ARVAC lectures and documents -  week 2

TUESDAY 11 JUNE 2024
Chair - Clare Cutland (ALIVE, University of the Witwatersrand)
Lecture 1: Updates on Meningitis Vaccines  - Marie-Pierre Preziosi (WHO) 
Lecture 9: Updates on Dengue and Chikungunya vaccines - Anna Durbin (Johns Hopkins University) 
Lecture 3: Challenges of the adult immunization - Pierre Van Damme (university of Antwerp) 
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WEDNESDAY 12 JUNE 2024
Chair - Rodolfo Villena (University of Chile)
Panel 1: What’s new on the vaccine policy and support front? - Aurelia Nguyen (GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance), Christoph Steffen (WHO)
Lecture 4: Vaccines and AMR - Mateusz Hasso-Agopsowicz (WHO) 
Lecture 5: New clinical/regulatory framework: acceleration of vaccine licensure - Jakob Cramer (CEPI)
Lecture 6: Reaching zero-dose children - Chris Wolff (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)
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THURSDAY 13 JUNE 2024
Chair  : Denise Naniche (ISGlobal, Spain)
Panel 2: Update on vaccines confidence - Naveen Thacker (International Paediatric Association); Steve Lewandowsky (Bristol University)
Lecture 7: Maternal Immunization - Clare Cutland (University of the Witwatersrand) 
Lecture 8: Lower-efficacy vaccines: what is acceptable and how to integrate more public health interventions and vaccines (e.g Malaria vaccine) - Hanna Nohynek (Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare)
Lecture 2: Updates on NITAGs - Benjamin Kagina (University of Cape Town)
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