Press Release:


 Jennifer Critcher
Institute for Immunology and Informatics
University of Rhode Island
Phone: 401 277-5310

 Steven Vessella

EpiVax, Inc.

Phone: 401 272-2123



Back to the Future: iCubed (URI) hosts its 9th Vaccine Renaissance Conference on Nov 4-6 2015


Even though Ebola has faded into the background, newly emerging infectious disease remain a challenge for vaccine developers. Completely new approaches to vaccines, and ancient ones, will be the focus of this year’s edition of the Vaccine Renaissance. Dr. Nicole Alexander Scott will address HPV vaccine acceptance locally in Rhode Island, while Dr. Steven Hoffman will describe clinical trials with his irradiated sporozoite vaccine. Other speakers include Janet McNicholl of the CDC, Manon Cox of Protein Sciences and Mark Poznansky of Harvard Medical School. The event will take place at Hotel Providence and is coordinated by the University of Rhode Island, on November 4-6, 2015.


Now in its 9th year, the Vaccine Renaissance conference will focus on the crucial role vaccines play in human health and on the new methods to improve vaccine safety and efficacy. On the first day of the conference, international experts will describe their efforts to combat Avian Influenza, Malaria and Dengue Fever. Off target effects of vaccines including Narcolepsy will be discussed on Day 2. Students will present posters: the three best posters will be awarded prizes during the closing ceremony on Thursday November 5th. Researchers are also invited to participate in a computational vaccinology workshop, organized by iCubed and EpiVax that will take place on the last day of the conference.


Conference Summary:

  • Wednesday, November 4th (Hotel Providence) sessions include: Malaria, Dengue, and New Approaches to Influenza.
  • Thursday, November 5th (Hotel Providence) sessions include: New Ideas, Animal Health, New Vaccines and Immunology of Vaccines.
  • Friday, November 6th (University of Rhode Island, Providence Campus) the Institute for Immunology and Informatics together with EpiVax will host a hands-on immunoinformatics toolkit training.


For a full list of topics and speakers click the following link


iCubed is a vaccine and immunology research center located at the University of Rhode Island’s Providence campus. iCubed’s mission is to improve human and animal health by applying the power of genomics and informatics to the design of better vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics. We apply cutting-edge bioinformatics tools to accelerate the development of treatments and cures for a number of diseases such as hepatitis C, Lyme disease and Dengue fever. The Institute aims to rapidly make these tools available to the global research community for the development of vaccines for other infectious diseases. The iCubed center educates and trains the next generation of vaccine and immunology researchers.