Lecture Luncheon – Reservations now closed

Please join us for the the 23rd Annual Science Education Awards and Spring Lecture Luncheon.

Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Location: The Argyle

Guest Speaker: Dr. Ricardo Carrion, Associate Scientist and BSL-4 Laboratory Scientific Manager, Virology and Immunology Department

Topic: Development of Vaccines and Therapies to Ebolavirus Disease

Ricardo Carrion, Jr.

We are excited to welcome Dr. Ricardo Carrion, Associate Scientist and BSL-4 Laboratory Scientific Manager, at Texas Biomed. Hemorrhagic fever is an illness caused by viruses representing several distinct families of viruses, many of which have no cure. Filoviruses, such as Ebola Virus and Marburg virus, are examples of agents that induce hemorrhagic fever and for which mortality can be 90 percent. The increased frequency of outbreaks of hemorrhagic fever caused by Ebola and Marburg in central and western Africa and the potential use of such agents as biological weapons underscore the need to understand pathogenesis of these viruses and to develop effective intervention strategies. Dr. Carrion’s research program uses Texas Biomed’s biosafety level 4 (BSL-4) laboratory to safely study these agents and advance the development of vaccines and therapies for hemorrhagic fever.

In support of filovirus vaccine development, Dr. Carrion and his colleagues have developed the common marmoset as a nonhuman primate model for Ebola and Marburg hemorrhagic fever. Marmosets are small new world monkeys weighing less than 400 grams. Identification of a small nonhuman primate model for filovirus disease of the size of rodents is important as they are more predictive of therapeutic efficacy than traditional small animal models. The second focus of Dr. Carrion’s research is development of candidate vaccines for hemorrhagic fever. Most recently Carrion and his colleagues have been awarded contracts to test the efficacy several vaccine platforms against filoviruses. The third focus of Dr. Carrion’s research is development of new detection methods for bioterror agents.

A native of San Antonio, Dr. Carrion has his doctorate degree in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He received his Bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s University and Master’s Degree in biology from Incarnate Word College.

23rd Annual Education Awards: Conceived & Founded by: Mrs. Jerilyn Blanchard, Past Forum President, Mrs. Valerie Guenther, Forum Member & Past Trustee and V.H. McNutt Memorial Foundation Funded equally by: Texas Biomedical Forum & V.H. McNutt Memorial Foundation with scientific support from Texas Biomedical Research Institute


  • 10:00 a.m. Board Meeting (Forum members invited to attend)
  • 11:00 a.m. Award Ceremony and Lecture
  • 12:00 p.m. Luncheon

Reservations for this lecture luncheon are now closed.