Dr. Laura York is currently the Global MDG/Medical and Scientific Affairs Head for meningococcal vaccines. Dr. York has a background in immunology and vaccinology; she did her post-graduate training in Canada, receiving her PhD from the University of Saskatchewan after completing her MSc at Memorial University. Dr. York has more than 20 years experience in early and late stages of viral and bacterial vaccine development and vaccine policy. Dr. York started her career as a research scientist, then transitioned to focus on research strategy and global vaccine policy. She was recently the Scientific Affairs lead in Eastern Europe, working closely with regional colleagues to ensure inclusion of important preventative vaccines in national immunization programs.