Graham Beards

Dr Graham Beards is an English microbiologist and pioneer of research on rotavirus. Beards was born in Birmingham, England in 1952 and majored in Biological Sciences at the University of Birmingham, England. He was subsequently awarded Master of Science (University of Warwick) and Doctor of Science degrees in recognition of his contribution to research on the viruses that cause gastroenteritis.

Beards began his research working with the eminent virologist Dr. Thomas Henry Flewett (1922 – 2006). His discovery of the serologicalcite journal |author=Beards GM, Pilfold JN, Thouless ME, Flewett TH |title=Rotavirus serotypes by serum neutralisation |journal=J. Med. Virol. |volume=5 |issue=3 |pages=231–7 |year=1980 |pmid=6262451 |doi=] cite journal |author=Beards GM, Desselberger U, Flewett TH |title=Temporal and geographical distributions of human rotavirus serotypes, 1983 to 1988 |journal=J. Clin. Microbiol. |volume=27 |issue=12 |pages=2827–33 |year=1989 |pmid=2556435 |url=] and genetic diversity of rotavirusescite journal |author=Beards GM |title=Polymorphism of genomic RNAs within rotavirus serotypes and subgroups |journal=Arch. Virol. |volume=74 |issue=1 |pages=65–70 |year=1982 |pmid=6297431 |doi=] was important to the subsequent development of vaccines to combat rotavirus disease.cite journal |author=Vesikari T, Ruuska T, Delem A, André FE, Beards GM, Flewett TH |title=Efficacy of two doses of RIT 4237 bovine rotavirus vaccine for prevention of rotavirus diarrhoea |journal=Acta Paediatr Scand |volume=80 |issue=2 |pages=173–80 |year=1991 |pmid=1852084 |doi=] cite journal |author=Vesikari T, Rautanen T, Varis T, Beards GM, Kapikian AZ |title=Rhesus Rotavirus candidate vaccine. Clinical trial in children vaccinated between 2 and 5 months of age |journal=Am. J. Dis. Child. |volume=144 |issue=3 |pages=285–9 |year=1990 |pmid=2154925 |doi=]

His early research papers on the variability of the genes of rotaviruses contributed to the concept of viral quasispecies.


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