Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Ebola vaccine breakthrough to be discussed

University researcher Dr. Yoshihiro Kawaoka will present his groundbreaking research on Ebola next week as part of a legislative briefing by the Evidence Based Health Policy Project.

The legislature requested the briefing, says Terry Shelton, outreach director and the La Follette School representative on the EBHPP, which also includes partners Wisconsin Legislative Council and University of Wisconsin-Madison Population Health Institute.

Kawaoka, a professor of pathological sciences at the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, gained worldwide recognition last month with the publication of his research in Science magazine that described an Ebola virus vaccine, constructed using a novel experimental platform, which has been shown to effectively protect monkeys exposed to the often fatal virus.

Rep. Joe Sanfelippo will moderate the briefing which will be held on Tuesday, April 21, from 8:30-9:45 a.m. in the North Hearing Room of the State Capitol. The event is free and open to the public, but online registration is requested.