ESPID Education. Vesikari T. 06/07/11; 7747
Prof. Timo Vesikari
Prof. Timo Vesikari

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Timo Vesikari
Tampere, Finland
Professor Timo Vesikari is Professor of Virology and Pediatrics and Director of the Vaccine Research Centre, University of Tampere, Finland. Professor Vesikari obtained his MD at the University of Helsinki in 1969 and Ph.D. in 1972. He was appointed Acting Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Tampere in 1981, where he carried out the first clinical trials of rotavirus vaccines. Between 1987 and 1990 he was responsible for research on diarrhoeal vaccines as part of the Diarrhoeal Control Programme at the WHO. Professor Vesikari is well respected expert in the field of pediatric infectious diseases; he has previously acted as chairman for the Finnish Society for the Study of Infection, in 1990 he gave the ESPID Bill Marshall lecture, in 2007 he was awarded a joint Outstanding Achievement Award with Professor Guillermo M Ruiz-Palacios for their work on rotavirus vaccination; the respective publications in 2006 were also elected as “Papers of the Year” by The Lancet in 2007. Professor Vesikari has published extensively; he is co-author on numerous clinical studies on pediatric vaccines and has been invited to present his work at international meetings
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