History and future of vaccines the topic of next Beer with a Scientist event


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – At the next Beer with a Scientist event, Ruth Carrico, Ph.D., R.N., associate professor of medicine at the University of Louisville and the associate founding director of the Global Health Initiative, will discuss life before vaccines, what life would be like without them now and what we can expect in the future. This month’s event is held in conjunction with Research!Louisville.

    “We will focus on the history of infectious diseases and their impact on society as well as what vaccines have done for us in terms of health and disease prevention. The emphasis will be on smallpox, polio, flu, childhood diseases and pneumonia,” said Carrico, who also is a family nurse practitioner, a fellow of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America and clinical director of the Vaccine and International Travel Center.

    The program begins at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28 at Against the Grain Brewery, 401 E. Main St. A 30-minute presentation will be followed by an informal Q&A session. The timing coincides with the 20th annual Research!Louisville conference, taking place October 27-30 throughout the city.

    The Beer with a Scientist program began in 2014 and is the brainchild of UofL cancer researcher Levi Beverly, Ph.D. Once a month, the public is invited to enjoy exactly what the title promises: beer and science.

    Admission is free. Purchase of beer, other beverages or menu items is not required but is encouraged.

    Organizers add that they also encourage Beer with a Scientist patrons to drink responsibly.

    For more information and to suggest future Beer with a Scientist topics, follow Louisville Underground Science on Facebook.

    Research!Louisville, an annual conference that highlights research conducted by the institutions in the Louisville Medical Center, is sponsored by the University of Louisville Health Sciences Center, University of Louisville Hospital/KentuckyOne Health, Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation/KentuckyOne Health and Norton Healthcare. For the full schedule of presentations, go to www.researchlouisville.org.

    Betty Coffman
    Betty Coffman is a Communications Coordinator focused on research and innovation at UofL. A UofL alumna and Louisville native, she served as a writer and editor for local and national publications and as an account services coordinator and copywriter for marketing and design firms prior to joining UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing.