New industry partnership to accelerate research on flu vaccines for the elderly

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — With support from a three-year $2.1 million agreement with Insight Therapeutics, a private company that focuses on the health care of older adults, a team of Brown University public health researchers will look to identify the most effective flu vaccines for elderly nursing home residents.

As people get older, the risk of developing serious flu-related complications increases. Of the tens of thousands of U.S. residents who die from influenza each year, some 80 to 90% are age 65 or older, said Stefan Gravenstein, principal investigator of the research at Brown, a professor of medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School and of health services, policy and practice at the School of Public Health. READ MORE