Special Issue "Adjuvants for Human Vaccines"

A special issue of Pharmaceuticals (ISSN 1424-8247). This special issue belongs to the section "Biopharmaceuticals".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2023 | Viewed by 178

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Monzurul Roni
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Guest Editor
Department of Health Science Education, College of Medicine, Peoria Campus, University of Illinois, Peoria, IL 61605, USA
Interests: vaccine; drug delivery; formulation development
Dr. Mohammad N. Uddin
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Guest Editor
College of Pharmacy, Mercer University, Atlanta, GA 30341, USA
Interests: vaccine delivery; microneedle based vaccine delivery; vaccine delivery using oral dissolving films
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The journal Pharmaceuticals is planning to publish a Special Issue covering the topic “Adjuvants for Human Vaccines”, and we are inviting you to contribute an article to this volume.

The current COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the urgency of vaccines for global health. Vaccines are the most effective method to prevent infectious diseases. In recent decades, mass vaccination has dramatically reduced the incidence of many life-threatening diseases. The vaccine development process involves antigen identification, development and expression, and finally formulation development. Most vaccine formulations contain an antigenic component that mimics the pathogen to trigger immunity, and an adjuvant component that amplifies the quality and quantity of the immune response to the antigen. There are several ways adjuvants act to enhance the immunogenicity of vaccines. For example, adjuvants act as a depot for the sustained release of the antigen at the site of administration, initiate the up-regulation of cytokines and chemokines, arrange cellular recruitment at the site of injection, increase antigen uptake and presentation to antigen-presenting cells (APC) and/or cause the activation of inflammasomes. Although commonly used with human vaccines to increase efficiency, not many adjuvants have been developed thus far. Only a few adjuvants have been approved by regulatory agencies to be used as vaccine components in the US. This Special Issue focuses on the emerging concepts in the development of adjuvant platforms that have the potential to be safe and to increase vaccine efficiency to protect against current and future infectious threats. Original research, review articles and short communications related to recent advances in adjuvant research for human vaccines will be welcomed.

Dr. Monzurul Roni
Dr. Mohammad N. Uddin
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Pharmaceuticals is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • adjuvant
  • vaccine
  • immune response
  • immunization
  • vaccination
  • immunomodulator
  • vaccine development
  • antigen presentation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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