Blavatnik Scholar, Leor Weinberger’s TED Talk: Can We Create Vaccines that Mutate and Spread?
2016 Blavatnik National Awards Life Sciences Finalist, Dr. Leor S. Weinberger, gives a TED talk on changing the way vaccines operate. The Gladstone Institute/UCSF virologist breaks down how “hijacker therapy” can revolutionize vaccines.
Viruses mutate and spread from person to person, a dynamic process that often leaves us playing catch-up when there’s a new disease outbreak. What if vaccines worked the same way? Virologist Leor Weinberger shares a scientific breakthrough: “hijacker therapy,” a type of medical treatment that could attack, modify and spread alongside a virus, potentially treating afflicted individuals and slowing the spread of infections like HIV.