This year’s Denver Russell Memorial Lecture at The Royal Society was given by Philip Minor on the topic, ‘Polio eradication- the endgame’. His talk concluded The Society for Applied Microbiology’s Vaccines and Synthetic Biology meeting
Dr Minor trained in Biochemistry at Oxford and received a Ph.D. in cell biology from the University of London in 1974. After a post-doctoral position on influenza at the University of Warwick he joined NIBSC (National Institute for Biological Standards and Control) and from 1979-1985 he worked on polio vaccines.
Since 1985 he’s been Head of the Division of Virology with a very wide remit covering all aspects of virology related to biological medicines including vaccines, and the detection of viral contamination such as hepatitis viruses in blood.
In this informative, personal and entertaining lecture, Minor outlines the history of the fight to rid the world of polio and how the answer may lie in a newly engineered viral strain to make vaccines.
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