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Norovirus: The Traveler's Nemesis

Friday, December 13, 2013 at 12:00pm
Pilgrim Congregational Church

Join Wonderlust for a free Friday forum featuring noted MSU immunologists Dr. Mark Jutila and Dr. John Jutila, who will discuss the biology of norovirus and the challenges of building a vaccine to protect travelers from this common threat. The forum is on Friday, Dec. 13 at noon at the Pilgrim Congregational Church.

We all know of shipboard epidemics of this scourge and the toll it exacts from those who contract it. Anyone planning a cruise must be wary of its effects. (There have been numerous outbreaks of it on land, as well.)

The Jutilas are the founders of LigoCyte Pharmaceuticals, which is currrently engaged in landmark research on a vaccine for norovirus.
Dr. John Jutila holds a Ph.D. in Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology. His distinguished career included tenures as Professor of Microbiology, Dean of the College of Letters and Science, and Vice President of Research for Montana State University. He also developed and organized the Montana component of the highly successful WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho) Regional Medical Education Program, a cooperative pre-med program for students from the northwest.

Dr. Mark Jutila, John's son, is Professor of  Immunology and Infectious Diseases at MSU and has been off and on head of the Departments of Microbiology and Veterinary Science.

Friday Forums are free and open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring lunch; cookies and coffee are provided.

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