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Scott Napper
Research Scientist and Program Manager,
Vaccine & Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO),
Saskatoon, SK Canada
Prion Vaccines (BSE, CWD and CJD)
Monday, September 13, 2010
3:30 - 4:00 pm


Abstract: Prion diseases involve conversion of cellular protein (PrPC) to an infectious conformation (PrPSc). Through optimization of epitopes specifically exposed on PrPSc, and utilization of a proprietary vaccine carrier system, we have developed a vaccine that induces PrPSc -specific immune responses.
Biography
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Scott Napper serves as an Associate Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Saskatchewan as well as the Program Manager of Emerging Diseases at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization. A protein biochemist by training in the area of x-ray crystallography, Scott’s research now involves the application of structure/function perspectives to research of immunology and infectious disease. Current research within the Napper lab includes development of a vaccine for prion diseases, investigations of the host-pathogen interactions of Johne’s disease, alternatives to antibiotics and the development of technologies for high-throughput kinome analysis of non-traditional research species. Outside of the lab Scott has a strong interest in Science Education and is active in working with the Secondary Education System for translating higher level science and mentorship to undergraduate and high school students. In the past five years Scott has twice been awarded the University of Saskatchewan Teaching Excellence Award.

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