The Minor Memorial Library in Roxbury, Connecticut is excited to welcome four renowned scientists for a series of four lectures to explain the underlying science in producing antibodies, therapies, and vaccines to thwart the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 lectures will be given on Wednesdays: April 28, May 5, 12, and 19 at 7 pm EDT on Zoom. There is no charge for these programs, but registration is required. RSVP online at (https://www.minormemoriallibrary.org/?tribe_events=covid-101-your-immune-system) to receive the Zoom link. Descriptions of the scheduled lectures follow. WEDNESDAY APRIL 28 AT 7 PM EDT ON ZOOM: LECTURE 1: “How Your Immune System Responds to Viral Infection” Vaccines have great potential to end the COVID-19 pandemic and yet are controversial. Hear from Marc Jenkins, PhD, about how vaccines stimulate the immune system and why vaccines are such 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. In 2020, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. WEDNESDAY MAY 5 AT 7 PM EDT ON ZOOM: LECTURE 2: “Antibody Therapy: What Is It and Is It Safe? Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, Regeneron utilized its suite of technologies to rapidly develop and release the first antibody cocktail with Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to treat SARS-CoV-2 infection. Learn how the antibody therapy works through mimicking a natural immune response and why it continues to be potently active against all known variants. Lecturer Benjamin Fulton, PhD, is a Scientist in the Infectious Disease Department at Regeneron and a member of the team that developed Regeneron’s COVID-19 antibody cocktail.
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