BERTRAM   MMARX LECTURESHIP




“Progress toward a neutralizing antibody-based HIV vaccine”

Dennis R. Burton, Ph.D.


            Chairman, Department of Immunology & Microbial Science
The Scripps Research Institute


Wednesday, February 1, 2017
3:00pm
Volker Hall, Lecture Room B
1670 University Boulevard

Reception to follow in the Bevill Biomedical Research Building
170 Lobby
845 19th Street South

 
Dennis Burton is the Chairman, and Professor in the Department of Immunology and Microbial Science, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, USA. He was recently awarded the James and Jessie Minor Chair in Immunology. He received his B.A. in Chemistry from Oxford University and his Ph.D from Lund University, Sweden in physical biochemistry. He is the Scientific Director of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) Neutralizing Antibody Consortium and Neutralizing Antibody Center, Director of The Center for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Immunology and Immunogen Discovery (CHAVI-ID) at Scripps, and a member of the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard, Boston, USA. He has held many research grants from the NIH and has published more than 400 papers in scientific journals.  He has received numerous awards including the Jenner Fellowship of the Lister Institute and a Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology. His research is focused on infectious disease, in particular the interplay of antibodies and highly mutable viruses, notably HIV. He is interested in the potential of broadly neutralizing antibodies to inform vaccine design.


Bertram M. Marx Endowment


Bertram M. Marx Endowment Edgar and Margot Marx established an endowment to support the Bertram M. Marx Graduate Student Research Grants Program, which has been active since 1982. Each year, two graduate students interested in cancer research are selected by the Comprehensive Cancer Center’s internal committee to receive these awards. To further honor the memory of Edgar’s father, Edgar and Margot established the Bertram M. Marx Lectureship in 1985. The lectureship, which is hosted by the UAB Department of Microbiology, supports annual visits to the UAB campus by scientists noted for their work examining the basic biology of cancer as well as the impact of infection, inflammation and immune regulation on the development and progression of cancer and other chronic diseases. The Marx Lectures are given by top leaders in their respective fields and have included Nobel Laureates and members of the US National Academy of Sciences. See the list of prior Marx Lecturers.
The Department of Microbiology and the whole UAB research community are deeply grateful to the Marx family for their continued generosity in providing resources to bring truly outstanding scientists to Birmingham and UAB.