Vaccine Development Center of San Antonio

Founded in 2012, the Vaccine Development Center of San Antonio (VDCOSA) promotes collaboration among four participating research institutions in infectious disease research and vaccine development in order to facilitate new discoveries and eliminate duplication of resources. UT Health San Antonio, the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and the Texas Biomedical Research Institute (Texas Biomed) have established a three-fold mission for VDCOSA: (1) funding pilot projects; (2) hosting an annual conference on infection, immunity and vaccines; and (3) promoting the use of vaccines to enhance public health in San Antonio and the region.

VDCOSA addresses the needs of the military as well as civilian populations and conducts and coordinates research and education programs relating to global and regional health problems.

VDCOSA is a virtual center, utilizing the human and laboratory assets of its participating institutions. In this way, dollars invested in VDCOSA programs through grants or charitable support cover the direct costs of mission-oriented initiatives.


 Click here to view a list of past VDCOSA conference keynote speakers.

Featured Conference

9th Annual
Vaccine Development Center of San Antonio Conference
November 11, 2021
Conference Committee
  • Dr. Evelien Bunnik
  • Dr. Ken Carson
  • Dr. Chiung-Yu Hung
  • Dr. Luis Martinez Sobrido
  • Dr. Joe McDonough
  • Dr. Jean Patterson
  • Dr. Guoquan Zhang
  • Dr. Guangming Zhong
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Latest Publications
April 14, 2021

Yifei Zhong, Robert E. Raulli, Samir Abtout, Simon Authier, Alexis Ascah, Daniel Lambert, Gloria Gutierrez, Norma L. Cantú, Nadean Gutierrez, Larry Cabell, Joe McDonough, Kelly C. Cakouros, Pablo Gurman, Vladimir Savransky, John Barry. Proof of concept efficacy study of intranasal stabilized isoamyl nitrite (SIAN) in rhesus monkeys against acute cyanide poisoning. Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, Volume 123, 2021, 104927. DOI:10.1016/j.yrtph.2021.104927

October 29, 2020

Gonzales SJ, Reyes RA, Braddom AE, Batugedara G, Bol S, Bunnik EM. Naturally acquired humoral immunity against Plasmodium falciparum malaria. Frontiers in Immunology (2020) 11:594653. DOI:10.3389/fimmu.2020.594653

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