"What we suspect is that T cells alone cannot work fast enough, or effectively enough, to provide the high degree of protection across a large population that we tend to associate with the concept of vaccines," says Burton. "We are going to need to elicit neutralizing antibodies."
Antibodies are infection-fighting proteins in blood and secretory fluidsmade and secreted by the immune systemthat recognize, neutralize, and help destroy disease-causing microorganisms like bacteria and viruses.
The consortium unites the forces of Ian Wilson, also of TSRI; Robert Doms of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; John Moore of Weill Medical College of Cornell University; Joe Sodroski of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and several advisors from the U.S. National Institutes of Health. The consortium will combine expertise in crystallography, antigen design, and testing, using state-of-the art technology and common reagents and assays.
A graduate of the University of Athens Medical School, Theofilopoulos came to TSRI (then the Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation) in 1972, after completing his residency at King Paul's Hospital in Athens and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.
This is Theofilopoulos's second honorary degree. The first was awarded in 2000 by the University of Patras, also in Greece. Theofilopoulos has received numerous other honors, including an NIH Research Career Development Award, visiting professorships at Duke University Medical School and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, and membership in the American Association of Physicians. For information on some of Theofilopoulos's current research, see News&Views article "The Genetic I.D. of Lupus" and the press release "Making the Most of Lymphopenia."
Effective July 1, 2002, Benefits Administration will accept rollovers of distributions from a 403(b) plan, 401(a) retirement, 401(k), profit sharing or stock bonus plan, or governmental 457(b) plan into your 403(b) Tax Sheltered Annuity Plan or 401(a) Staff Retirement Plan. IRAs cannot be rolled over into any TSRI retirement plan.
Should you wish to initiate a rollover, please contact Benefits Administration at x4-8487 to obtain the necessary paperwork.
Some may choose not to relax, however. The theme of the TSRI picnic this year is based on the hit TV show, "Survivor." Picnic attendees will be invited to form and join teams-or tribes-and compete for the grand prize. An obstacle course, stilts, and jousting will be among team challenges for contestants. And one lucky winner will win over one ten thousandth of ONE MILLION DOLLARS!!!
All TSRI employees are invited to attend with guests, and tickets to the event will be sold from 12:30 to 1:30 PM until July 17 in the lobbies of the Immunology and the Molecular Biology buildings, and from July 15 to July 17 in the lobbies of the Beckman and CVN buildings. They will also be sold from 1 to 2 PM on July 12 in the lobby of the ICND building. Tickets will not be sold at the gate.
This year's picnic features much children's entertainment, including professional entertainers, a science booth, a giant slide, a moon bounce, and other fun. Children will also be treated to such delectables as fudge brownies and lemon bars. Adults, naturally, can also participate in the dessert course. For more information, see the picnic page: http://www.scripps.edu/services/picnic2002.