The Covid vaccine was just the tip of the iceberg…the breathtaking potential of mRNA therapeutics
Nobel Prize Winner Medicine 2023, Drew Weissman, MD, PhD is a professor of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. He received his graduate degrees from Boston University School of Medicine. Dr Weissman, in collaboration with Dr Katalin Karikó, discovered the ability of modified nucleosides in RNA to suppress activation of innate immune sensors and increase the translation of mRNA containing certain modified nucleosides. The nucleoside-modified mRNA-lipid nanoparticle vaccine platform Dr Weissman’s lab created is used in the first 2 approved COVID-19 vaccines by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna. They continue to develop other vaccines that induce potent antibody and T cell responses with mRNA–based vaccines. Dr Weissman’s lab also develops methods to replace genetically deficient proteins, edit the genome, and specifically target cells and organs with mRNA-LNPs, including lung, heart, brain, CD4+ cells, all T cells, and bone marrow stem cells.

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Date: 29 November 2023, 20:00 (Wednesday, 8th week, Michaelmas 2023)
Venue: Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford OX1 2BQ, and online via Zoom
Speaker: Professor Drew Weissman (University of Pennsylvania)
Part of: Oxford Chabad Society
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Audience: Members of the University only
Editor: Belinda Clark