Masterclass Stanley Plotkin

February 7 2019

We were honoured to welcome Prof. Dr. Stanley Plotkin at our University for our yearly Valentijn Vaccinatiesymposium.

He was also willing to give a Master Class lecture on "future trends in vaccinology and vaccine development".

Prof. Dr. Plotkin is known as 'the godfather' of the vaccinology, and autor of the reference book 'Vaccines'.

On top of that he developed a number of vaccines himself  (rubella, rota,..) that are now being used all over the world.

It was therefore an exclusive and unique opportunity to welcome him here at our University!

About Stanley Plotkin:

Dr. Stanley A. Plotkin is Emeritus Professor of the University of Pennsylvania, and Adjunct Professor of the Johns Hopkins University. Until 1991, he was Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania, Professor of Virology at the Wistar Institute and at the same time, Director of Infectious Diseases and Senior Physician at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is now consultant to WHO, CDC, the Gates Foundation, GAVI, vaccine manufacturers, biotechnology companies and non-profit research organizations. Dr. Stanley Plotkin can be considered as the godfather of the vaccinology of this and previous century.

Dr. Plotkin received the Bruce Medal in Preventive Medicine of the American College of Physicians, the Distinguished Physician Award of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, the Clinical Virology Award of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology, the Richard Day Master Teacher in Pediatrics Award of the Alumni Association of New York Downstate Medical College, and the Bill Marshall Award of the European Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

In June 1998, he received the French Legion of Honor Medal; in June 2001, the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, in September 2006 the gold medal from the same hospital; the Sabin Gold Medal in May 2002, in September 2004 the Fleming (Bristol) Award of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, in May 2007 the medal of the Fondation Mérieux, and in 2009 the Finland Award of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and the Hilleman Award of the American Society for Microbiology.

His bibliography includes hundreds of articles and he has edited several books including the standard textbook on vaccines (Vaccines), now in its 7th edition. He developed the rubella vaccine now in standard use throughout the world, is co-developer of the newly licensed pentavalent rotavirus vaccine, and has worked extensively on the development and application of other vaccines including anthrax, oral polio, rabies, varicella, and cytomegalovirus.