Impoved global vaccination strategies for severe infectious diseases
|Coordinator||Karolinska Institutet - Centrum för infektionsmedicin|
|Funding from Vinnova||SEK 475 000|
|Project duration||April 2018 - December 2018|
|Venture||Challenge-Driven Innovation – Stage 1 initiation|
Purpose and goal
Global health is a prerequisite for societal development and is also one of the UN´s GSGs (goal #3) in Agenda 2030. Within global health, one of the greatest problems is posed by infectious diseases. Vector borne infections, such as those transmitted via ticks and mosquitos, constitute a particular problem. Because of this, it is of utmost importance to effectively prevent these infections with highly effective vaccination-strategies. Our goal is to improve global vaccination strategies against those viruses that cause Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) and Japanese encephalitis.
Expected results and effects
We have initiated strategies to improve vaccination-strategies towards the present infectious diseases, which will result in reduced suffering from severe disease. Secondary, this may lead to reduced costs for health care and reduced sick leave. The results, on a society level, will be improved productivity leading to increased development.
Planned approach and implementation
In a collaborative effort with multiple actors, we have initiated work to conduct well controlled clinical studies in which new vaccination protocols will be assessed. These will be compared with current protocols with respect to immunity (protection from infection). In parallel, we will evaluate the significance of improved protocols and perform marketing analysis. Obtained IP will form a basis for interactions with industry and the commercial sector. In parallel, contacts will be made with policy groups, and strategies will be developed for implementation of results in society.