Volunteers are sought for avian flu vaccine test

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

March 08, 2006

Vaccine researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine are recruiting volunteers to test formulations of the avian flu vaccine being stockpiled by the U.S. government.

In one part of the study, volunteers will try a low-dose vaccine coupled with an adjuvant -- a chemical designed to boost the vaccine's potency -- to see if it triggers a robust immune response.

If successful, the preparation could stretch limited vaccine supplies so that more Americans could be protected.

In all, researchers are testing four dose levels, with and without an adjuvant.

The vaccine uses an inactivated version of the virus and cannot cause the disease, scientists said.

The researchers are seeking 200 healthy adults ages 18 to 49, and 100 healthy adults older than 65.

After an initial health screening, volunteers will receive two vaccinations and have their blood drawn several times.

Volunteers may call the Center for Vaccine Development at 410-706-6156.

Carroll County: Conservation

Land preservation effort wins award

Carroll County is one of six jurisdictions in the nation to win recognition for land preservation efforts from the County Leadership in Conservation Awards. The award, sponsored by the Trust for Public Land, includes a $1,000 travel scholarship to promote preservation. Carroll has permanently safeguarded from development nearly 50,000 acres, half of its ultimate goal. The trust, a national nonprofit preservation organization, highlighted Carroll's Critical Farms Program, which has helped 22 families to purchase working farms and another 14 farmers to expand their operations.

Mary Gail Hare

Baltimore: Forum

Inmates re-entering society to be topic

A panel discussion on helping ex-prisoners re-enter society is scheduled from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. today in the University of Maryland School of Law's Moot Courtroom, 500 W. Baltimore St. The forum, sponsored by the Open Society Institute-Baltimore, the American Bar Association, the Maryland State Bar Association and the University of Maryland School of Law, will focus on the ABA Justice Kennedy Commission, which has studied issues regarding offenders leaving prison. The chairman of the commission, as well as other experts in the field, are scheduled to speak.

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