Invitation to PhD defence - Sofie Biering-Sørensen 9 November

1 November 2016

"Non-specific effects of early BCG to low-birth-weight infants"

By Sofie Biering-Sørensen, Bandim Health Project & Center for Vitamins and Vaccines (CVIVA), Statens Serum Institut

Known vaccines may protect against melanoma

17 October 2016

Read about our 2017 project on melanoma on the website of The Danish Cancer Society. Andreas Rieckmann is telling the story. Note that the article is in Danish.

Read more here .. https://www.cancer.dk/nyheder/kendte-vacciner-kan-maske-beskytte-mod-modermaerkekraeft/

Revaccination with Live Attenuated Vaccines Confer Additional Beneficial Nonspecific Effects on Overall Survival

10 October 2016

Our article on how live vaccines against measles (MV), tuberculosis (BCG), polio (OPV) and smallpox reduce mortality more than explained by target-disease prevention is now published in EBioMedicine.

Invitation to PhD defence 3rd of October

5 September 2016

"Evaluation of the measles vaccination policy in Guinea-Bissau – filling the gaps" by Stine Byberg

The defence takes place Monday 3rd of October 2016, from 15.00-17.00

Jernesalen, Building 206, Statens Serum Institut (Artillerivej 5, 2300 København S)

The defence is followed by a reception.

Invitation to PhD defence 15 September

17 August 2016

BCG vaccination at birth: Effects on early childhood infections, growth, and development

By Jesper Kjærgaard, MD, The department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Rigshospitalet and Center for Vitamins and Vaccines, SSI.

Sex-differential mortality after routine vaccinations in urban Guinea-Bissau

26 July 2016

In addition to the targeted effects, vaccines may also have non-specific effects (NSEs) on child mortality. The NSEs are often sex-differential. Hence, changes in sex-differences in child mortality by vaccination status is important in assessing the effects of new vaccines.

Different Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine strains may have different non-specific effects

26 July 2016

We assessed the effect of two BCG strains (Danish and Russian) on childhood morbidity and BCG scarification in Guinea-Bissau.

Christine Benn interviewed about HPV vaccine

7 July 2016

In July the Danish newspaper Jyllands Posten had several articles about the much discussed HPV vaccine and Christine Benn was interviewed about the possible side effects and explains how CVIVA has initiated a series of meetings of researchers to get closer – if possible – to answering whether the HPV vaccine is associated with severe side effects in some women.

Vaccines against tuberculosis and smallpox may reduce overall mortality

6 July 2016

What if we affected health negatively when we phased out the two vaccines against smallpox and tuberculosis in the 1970s and 1980s in Denmark? Studies on non-specific effects of vaccines indicate that such live attenuated vaccines may reduce morbidity and mortality – not related to the vaccine-targeted diseases - through epigenetic changes of the innate immune system.