Lorne Babiuk is a world leader in the area of vaccinology. One of the numerous vaccines that he developed laid the foundation for a rotavirus vaccine for children. Before vaccination, over 500,000 children died each year from rotavirus. His vaccine saves the cattle industry in North America $300 million a year. He is a global authority in infectious diseases, particularly virology, immunology and vaccine delivery. He has founded an internationally recognized research institute, the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO), and more recently a $140 million dollar bio-containment facility which is the only one of its kind in Canada. He continues to contribute to the advancement of the health of humans and animals. In addition to being the Vice-President (Research) at the University of Alberta, he serves on numerous committees, helping to set science policy in Canada and around the world.