1st workshop

In January 2010 the Novo Nordisk Foundation sponsored a workshop held in Copenhagen. 

At this workshop, an international consortium called Optimmunize was established to investigate the

Non-Specific Effects, NSE, and sex-differential effects of vaccines. 

The proceedings paper from the 1st workshop:

"Sex differences in the vaccine-specific and non-targeted effects of vaccines" 

Workshop participants
Peter Aaby
Indepth Network, Apartado 861, 1004 Bissau Codex, Guinea-Bissau 
Gert Almind
Novo Nordisk Foundation, Copenhagen, Denmark
Christine Stabell Benn
Bandim Health Project, Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen, Denmark
Jacobus Boomsma
University of Copenhagen 
Mogens Claesson
University of Copenhagen
Hazel Dockrell
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Eleanor N Fish
University Health Network & Department of Immunology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Katie L Flanagan
MRC Laboratories, The Gambia
Kosuke Kawai
Harvard School of Public Health, USA
Sabra L Klein
Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA
Henrik Leffers
University of Copenhagen
Arnaud Marchant
Institute for Medical Immunology, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Bruxelles, Belgium
Ian Marriott
Department of Biology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, USA
Jennifer Moisi
Centre for Geographic Medicine, Kilifi, Kenya
Andrew Prentice
International Nutrition Group, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK and Keneba, The Gambia
Liisa Selin
University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA, USA
Niels-Erik Skakkebæk
Department of Growth and Reproduction, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark
Anita Van Den Biggela
University of Western Australia
Hilton Whittle
MRC Laboratories, PO Box 273, Fajara, The Gambia
Maria Yazdanbakhsh
Leiden University Medical Centre, The Netherlands




Last revised 8 August 2012


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