Wednesday, June 17, 2015 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The UCF College of Medicine and UCF Alumni Association invite you to UCF MedTalk. Dr. Griffith Parks will discuss “The Upshot on Viruses and Vaccines.” Learn from this leading scientist who's research interests include developing novel vaccines for viral diseases and the use of viruses for the targeted killing of tumor cells. Dr. Parks will discuss why viruses are among the most deadly known diseases of mankind, including smallpox, measles virus and influenza virus. While there have been fantastic successes in the use of vaccines to combat many of these diseases, there is also a rise in the number of people that are not vaccinated against viruses.

The talk will provide basic information that addresses: 
  • What is a virus and why are they hard to control?
  • How are vaccines made and why do I need to get some vaccines annually?
  • Where are all these new viruses coming from?
What is UCF MedTalk?Whether you’re a College of Medicine grad, or just a curious Knight who enjoys learning more about current and innovative issues in medicine, all are encouraged to join this unique conversation. This special series of informal talks includes a casual meeting place, plain language and comfortable atmosphere for everyone. Each researcher or physician will give a brief presentation, followed by a Q&A session. About the SpeakerDr. Parks received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was an American Cancer Society Fellow at Northwestern University.Prior to moving to UCF, he was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Wake Forest School of Medicine and founding Director of the WFU Vaccine Center. Space is limited and is on a first come first serve basis. One round of free appetizers and drinks are generously provided by our sponsors: FAIRWINDS Credit Union and DownTown PourHouse.

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