September 13, 2011

Vanderbilt Vaccine Researcher Weighs in on 'Contagion'

The movie "Contagion," a medical thriller about a killer virus that spreads around the globe, is generating interest about the risk of such a pandemic and the role of scientists to control and prevent it.

One such scientist is Buddy Creech, M.D., a vaccine researcher at VUMC, who was among a small group of Vanderbilt staff invited to a sneak peek of the film.

Creech, who with his colleagues helped test the H1N1 vaccine in 2009, says that while the film took some dramatic license, the risk that it depicts is very real.

In this video, Creech shares his thoughts about the movie and its relevance to the work his team is doing – studying how differences in the DNA of individuals may impact how each responds to a vaccine and how that knowledge could be used to develop tailored vaccines.

Related links:

Vanderbilt’s role in developing vaccines

Outbreak Investigation: A Cheat Sheet (a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention blog post)

More about the flu vaccine