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Developing COVID-19 Vaccines & the Importance of Targeting Older Adults

Monday, October 12 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Virtual Event

This seminar is part of the monthly Issues in Aging series that highlights current research and perspectives on aging-relevant issues from experts in medicine, social work, psychology, law and more.

Join us October 12 for Developing COVID-19 Vaccines & the Importance of Targeting Older Adults with Rachel Presti.

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


Science & Technology, Humanities & Society, Medicine & Health



Institute for Public Health
Event Contact

Emily Hickner | ehickner@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

Rachel Presti
Washington University School of Medicine

Presti is interested in understanding how emerging viruses contribute to the pathogenesis of HIV disease. The HIV epidemic has evolved significantly in the 27 years since the virus was first discovered. Current therapy with highly active antiretroviral agents (HAART) has allowed us to prolong the life and improve the immune competence of patients living with HIV. However, we still have few therapeutic options for treating other viral pathogens, and because of difficulty culturing viruses, it is likely that there are numerous as yet unknown human viruses which cause disease. Emerging viruses have become increasingly important in patients who are HIV infected.

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