"This volume is an impressive collection of the latest techniques in the development, evaluation and application of meningococcal vaccines. The easy-to-follow protocols each preceded by a brief introduction into the topic were provided by leading scientists in the field. Andrew Pollard and Martin Maiden did a great job in assembling these protocols into one volume - a work we all in the meningococcal field have waited for." - International Journal of Medical Microbiology.
"The strength of this text is that it provides a key reference source, enabling researchers in the field to avoid reinventing the wheel. The text also provides the basis for the development of new ideas. Each chapter takes a step-by-step approach with clearly set out notes highlighting the problem areas. All the chapters have comprehensive bibliographies, and are well structured. The text is easily accessible and is recommended to those who are seeking to critically appraise the field of meningococcal vaccines." - Epidemiology and Infection
"This book and its accompanying volume are well produced, easy to read and well edited. Andrew Pollard and Martin Maiden are to be congratulated in bringing together in these two volumes an enormous amount of information about this very important topical infection." -Molecular Biotechnology
From the Back Cover
The development of a comprehensive vaccine against Neisseria meningitidis, the causative agent of meningococcal disease, has remained elusive because of bacterial diversity and immunologic evasion. In Meningococcal Vaccines: Methods and Protocols, Andrew Pollard and Martin Maiden have assembled an impressive collection of the latest molecular and cellular techniques for the development, evaluation, and implementation of vaccines to be used against this dreaded disease. The contributors-leading scientists, clinicians, and public health physicians-describe in detail the many approaches to vaccine design, as well as the assessment of immune response to vaccine candidates and novel vaccine formulations. They also present as a test case the recent implementation of a new meningococcal vaccine in the United Kingdom. A companion volume, Meningococcal Disease: Methods and Protocols, contains detailed methods for diagnostic microbiology, bacterial characterization, epidemiology, host-pathogen interactions, and clinical studies.
Timely and comprehensive, Meningococcal Vaccines: Methods and Protocols provides the scientist, public health physician, epidemiologist, clinical microbiologist, and clinician with the essential tools to lay bare the secrets of the meningococcus and to develop, evaluate, and implement successful new meningococcal vaccines.