Mary Lou Clements-Mann Memorial Lecture in Vaccine Sciences

The Mary Lou Clements-Mann Memorial Lecture in Vaccine Sciences was initiated by NFID in 1999 to honor and remember a prolific, compassionate, and courageous vaccinologist. Dr. Clements-Mann was a professor at the John Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, where she worked since 1985, founding and directing its Center for Immunization Research. Her career in vaccine science began in 1979, when she joined the Center for Vaccine Development at the University of Maryland School of Medicine as assistant professor of medicine.

Dr. Clements-Mann was internationally recognized for her clinical research and leadership on viral vaccines of public health importance. Her bibliography includes more than 100 papers indexed to vaccination for influenza (37), HIV (31), cholera (6), hepatitis B (5), respiratory syncytial virus (4), parainfluenza (4), Rocky Mountain spotted fever (4), rotavirus (3), E. coli (3), and typhoid (1).

Raised on a Texas ranch, Mary Lou Clements entered Texas Tech University intending to become a veterinarian, but her interests soon changed to human disease, and upon graduation she attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. After completing internship and residency at Temple University in Philadelphia, she obtained a diploma at the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 1975. At that time, the front lines of public health were in the global program to eradicate smallpox, and she went to India to work for the World Health Organization (WHO) for the final years of vaccination and surveillance. After returning in 1977, she moved to Baltimore to earn her MPH degree at Johns Hopkins University.

Early in the AIDS pandemic, Dr. Clements-Mann founded the Center for Immunization Research, recognizing the threat of this new disease and making it a major focus of her research. She became a dominant figure in the multi-center networks established by the National Institutes of Health to conduct phase I and II clinical trials of HIV vaccines. She also consulted for WHO and the joint United Nations program on AIDS to help prepare for essential HIV vaccine trials in developing countries. Her great contributions to these efforts arose from her broad experience testing vaccines for other diseases, and her vision for how to move forward the development process.

In 1996, she married Dr. Jonathan Mann, founder of the Global Program on AIDS at WHO, an international authority on the pandemic, and an eloquent advocate for human rights and compassion in controlling it. In the final years of their lives, they became increasingly frustrated with impediments to HIV vaccine development not faced by other vaccines, and began crusadingdespite the risk to her peer-reviewed research grantsfor a reinvented Federal HIV vaccine effort. She presented an invited lecture on this effort at the 1st Annual Conference on Vaccine Research on May 30, 1998. On September 2, 1998, the couple tragically perished in the crash of Swissair flight 111 off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada.

The lecture is now presented each year at the NFID Annual Conference on Vaccinology Research.

Featured Lecturers:

2021          Heidi J. Larson, PhD
2020          Carol J. Baker, MD
2019          Anita K. M. Zaidi, MBBS, SM
2018          Barton F. Haynes, MD
2017          William H. Foege, MD, MPH
2016          Bali Pulendran, PhD
2015          Carol A. Heilman, PhD
2014          Gregory A. Poland, MD
2013          D. A. Henderson, MD, MPH
2012          F. Marc LaForce, MD
2011          Ron N. Germain, MD, PhD
2010          Anthony S. Fauci, MD
2009          Harold Margolis, MD
2008          Barton F. Haynes, MD
2007          Jeffrey K. Taubenberger, MD, PhD
2006          Rino Rappuoli, PhD
2005          Keith P. Klugman, MD, PhD
2004          William H. Foege, MD, MPH
2003          Donald P. Francis, MD, DSc
2002          Marcus A. Horwitz, MD
2001          Andrew McMichael, PhD
2000          Sir Gustav Nossal
1999          Margaret I. Johnston, PhD