Daniel Kerage, a graduate fellow at ILRI from 2006 to 2008 and now continuing his studies in Canada, has won the prestigious Pfizer President’s Presenter Award. The award will be presented at the annual Society for Gynecologic Investigation meeting to be held in Orlando, Florida this March.
As a graduate fellow at ILRI on an East Coast fever project, Kerage evaluated the potential of a vaccine against Theileria parva using Listeria monocytogenes as a carrier of three CD8 T cell epitopes. He also briefly worked on the contagious bovine pleuropneumonia (CBPP) vaccine project before leaving ILRI to continue his studies. Kerage is now on a PhD program in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, University of Alberta, Canada.
Over the years ILRI has made significant contributions to the production of the Infection and Treatment Method (ITM) vaccine against East Coast fever. The registration and deployment of the ITM vaccine is one of key activities that the Livestock and Fish animal health technological research theme will be engaged in this year.
Read more about this award here: http://www.mmi.med.ualberta.ca/index.php
Read more on the ITM vaccine progress : http://www.ilri.org/ilrinews/index.php/archives/10129