ROXBURY — The Minor Memorial Library will host four scientists for a series of four  lectures to explain the underlying science in producing antibodies, therapies and vaccines to thwart the Covid-19 pandemic, to be given at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, April 28, May 5, 12 and 19 via Zoom.

Lecture 1 on April 28 is “How Your Immune System Responds to Viral Infection presented by Marc Jenkins, Ph.D. The program will review how vaccines stimulate the immune system and why vaccines are powerful tools in infection control.

Dr. Jenkins is a Regents and Distinguished McKnight University professor and heads the Center for Immunology at the University of Minnesota. 

Lecture 2 on May 5 is “Antibody Therapy: What is it and is it Safe?” given by Benjamin Fulton, Ph.D., a scientist in the infectious disease department at Regeneron and a member of the team that developed the Covid-19 antibody mixture.

Learn how antibody therapy works through mimicking a natural immune response and why it continues to be potently active against all known variants.

Lecture 3 on May 12 is “Why Can’t we go to the Crugstore and Get a pill for This Virus?” presented by Cyrille Kuhn, Ph.D. from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Kuhn will discuss the tools available to chemists that lead to the creation of new drug therapies; including the discovery of novel compounds, computer drug design and 3D simulated viewing to optimize drug potency

Dr. Kuhn heads the Boehringer Ingelheim Research Beyond Borders organization in Ridgefield.

Lecture 4 on May 19 is “The future of SARS-CoV-2” presented by William A. Haseltine, Ph.D., an infectious disease expert and a former professor at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health. He is a pioneer in biotechnology and is the founder of Human Genome Sciences, Inc. and several other biotech companies.  

The future of Covid-19 and its variants will be discussed, including will vaccines work, will new vaccines be needed each year, will the pandemic end or will there be a renewed surge of Covid-19 cases every year. Understanding virus variation is critical to understanding how the pandemic will unfold and how Covid-19 may continue to affect the global economy, societies individuals.

Dr. Haseltine will explore these questions and provide insight into how the pandemic may continue to evolve over the course of the year and into the next.

Registration is required. 

Those interested may RSVP online at www.minormemoriallibrary.org to receive the Zoom link. 

Those seeking more information may call the library at 860-350-2181 or visit the website at www.minormemoriallibrary.org.  

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