CVIVA opened at SSI

9 May 2012

Research Center for Vitamins and Vaccines (CVIVA) opened at Statens Serum Institute

Research Center for Vitamins and Vaccines officially opened this week at Statens Serum Institut. The main objective of CVIVA is to document that vaccines and vitamins influence the immune system in far more general ways that previously thought. 

Studies conducted in Guinea-Bissau and other low-income countries with large numbers of infections have shown that measles vaccines and tuberculosis vaccines lower the risk of dying, not just of measles and tuberculosis, but also from other infectious diseases. This suggests that the vaccinations not merely protect against these diseases, but also strengthen the immune system against a series of other diseases.

However, some diseases can also have negative effects on the immune system, and vitamins can amplify both positive and negative effects. The 'non-specific' effects of vaccines and vitamins are often different for boys and girls, which indicate that boys ad girls should be treated differently to ensure that they receive the same possibilities for disease protection.

Center Leader Christine Stabell Benn says about the perspectives for this research: "These findings indicate that vaccines can reduce child mortality much more than is currently the case. At the same time, they allow for an entirely new understanding of the immune system: the immune system can just like the brain be affected by previous experiences and transmit these experiences to other challenges."

CVIVA has been supported with 58 million Danish kroner, as part of the investment by the Danish National Research Foundation of 11 new Danish Centers of Excellence, which will provide a framework for visionary and innovative research.

Read this article (in Danish)Aktuelt,

 Klaus Bock
Klaus Bock, Chairman, Danish National Research Foundation, introduces CVIVA
Peter Aaby, Christine Benn, Lone Graff, Ulrika Enemark and Henrik Ravn pay careful attention
 Peter Aaby
 Peter Aaby talks about measles vaccination
 Christine Benn
 Christine Benn talks about future research

All photos by: Erling Høg

Last revised 9 May 2012