95th Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science Keynote Address

A World View of the Fight Against Malaria.

Dr. Lorraine Soisson  Senior Technical Advisor to the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Malaria Vaccine Development Program

Lorraine (Amory) Soisson graduated from Cedar Crest College with a BS in Genetic Engineering Technology, Biology and Chemistry and pursued her PhD in Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  Her dissertation focused on development of a vaccine for schistosomiasis, the second most prevalent parasitic infection worldwide.  Dr. Soisson was then selected as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Diplomacy Fellow by the U.S. Department of State.  As an AAAS Fellow, she lead efforts to communicate U.S. Science and Health Policy to the international community, most notably to various United Nations organizations, and represented the United States on various delegations including the World Summit for Social Development.  She is now the Senior Technical Advisor to the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Malaria Vaccine Development Program (USAID MVDP), whose mission is to develop vaccines to retard morbidity and mortality in children and pregnant women, and to eventually introduce these vaccines into malaria control programs.