Successful symposium on RSV
On Wednesday 8 March a symposium on Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and maternal vaccination was organised in the Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital, in honor of a visit from Helen Chu, assistant professor of division of allergy and infectious diseases at the University of Washington.
RSV is a major global health problem, it is the second cause of death in children under 5. Only malaria is associated with higher mortality rates and currently there is no effective treatment for RSV lower respiratory tract infection. However, many treatment and prevention options are in clinical trials. Maternal vaccination, an important topic in Helen Chu’s research, is especially a promising intervention for this important global health problem.
The symposium provided an informal platform to share research results and data for young researchers from Group Bont, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and the medical ethics department. The presentation topics ranged widely; themes of the symposium included maternal vaccination, RSV immunology, ethics related to maternal vaccination, and RSV longterm comorbidity. All in all, it was a successful afternoon full of cutting-edge research, discussion and critical thinking about clinical research, medical ethics and basic science.