Ruben Proano to participate in United Nations forum

Live webcast to focus on making vaccines more accessible to low-income countries

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Ruben Proano

Ruben Proano, assistant professor in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering, is presenting research about vaccine accessibility for low-income countries at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, as part of the organization’s Midday Forums.

Proano’s program, “Spreading the Cure: Making Combination Vaccines More Accessible to Low-Income Countries,” takes place at 1:15 p.m. today and will air live via webcast at

The United Nations Midday Forums are part of public discussions about topics related to U.N. global initiatives. Access to affordable immunizations for women and children in low-income countries is one of the organization’s priorities.

Proano’s research focuses the application of mathematical optimization to solve problems affecting the supply chain of vaccines. This presentation focuses on how to price vaccines optimally to satisfy countries’ vaccine demand while providing a reasonable profit for producers.

After accessing the United Nations website, click on the program title under the section “Upcoming Events.” Scroll to the registration page for the live webcast of the presentation. The webcast is free.