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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

Can biotechnology prevent another Walkerton?

The future for E. coli vaccines
B. Brett Finlay
Biotechnology Laboratory, University of British Columbia.

Although we all contain harmless E. coli as part of our normal intestinal flora, there are several strains of E. coli that can cause much human disease worldwide. Pathogenic E. coli O157:H7, the organism that caused the Walkerton outbreak, is shed by cattle, and causes severe diarrhea and associated kidney disease in humans.

Research in Dr. Finlay's lab has uncovered the fundamental molecular processes used by the bacteria to highjack intestinal cells and suggests ways to block and treat the disease. He will discuss promising new vaccine studies in cattle, as well as share his insights on how basic research contributes to innovation in vaccines.

Dr. Brett Finlay obtained his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Alberta. He conducted his postdoctoral research in Dr. Stanley Falkow's laboratory at Stanford University. He is currently a professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC) with the Biotechnology Laboratory, and the Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Microbiology and Immunology, as well as the UBC Peter Wall Distinguished Professor, a CIHR Distinguished Investigator and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Research Scholar.

Simultaneous translation will be provided.

--the Speaker of the Senate, the Hon. Daniel Hays
--the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Hon. Peter Milliken
--Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)

DATE: Thursday, February 13, 2003 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am