We are pleased to announce that two important vaccine meetings are being held at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. The first meeting occurs September 12, and is entitled Research Integrity Challenges in Vaccine Development and Distribution for Public Health Emergencies. Sponsors include the Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of Research Integrity, Drexel University, University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics, and The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.
Topics will focus on vaccine development and distribution for biological threats and how the emergency preparedness experiences with A/H1N1 provided lessons that can inform future preparation for similar public health emergencies. A key workshop objective is to generate new ideas about the best ways to ethically and effectively communicate trustworthy information about pandemic vaccine production and distribution to the public through key media, the internet, social networking and other information outlets. Video recordings of the live-streamed presentations will be widely available through a workshop website.
Speakers for the September 12 meeting include
- Robin Robinson, PhD, Director, BARDA
- Robert Nelson, MD, MPH, Senior Pediatric Ethicist, Office of Pediatric Therapeutics, FDA
- Lisa Kaplowitz, MD, Director, Office of Policy and Planning, ASPR, DHHS
- Adel Mahmoud, MD, PhD, Princeton University
- Eddy Bresnitz, MD, Medical Director, Adult Vaccine Medical Affairs, Merck Vaccines and Infectious Diseases
- Arthur Caplan, PhD, Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania
- Steve Redd, MD, Director, Influenza Coordination Unit, CDC
- Virginia Caine, MD, Marian (IN) County Health Director
- Peter Sandman, PhD, Risk Communications Consultant
- Steve Ostroff, MD, Pennsylvania DOH Surgeon General
The meeting on September 13 is part of the National Vaccine Program Office’s effort to gather stakeholder input. Regional stakeholders are invited to attend sessions and share their experiences with immunization, particularly around racial and ethnic disparities, risk communications, and adolescent and adult vaccines. The information gathered at this meeting will help guide the implementation of the National Vaccine Plan as well as inform local and regional vaccine groups on barriers and successes in immunization.
Speakers for the September 13 meeting include
- Evelyn Weiner, MD, University of Pennsylvania
- Sarah Long, MD, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
- Meg Hessen, MD, American College of Physicians
- Mary Cooney, RN
- Michelle Basket, CDC
- Isabelle Claxton, GSK
- Kathy Slemp, MD, Acting State Health Officer and Director of Threat Preparedness, West Virginia
- Paul Offit, MD, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
- Carlessia Hussein, RN, DrPH, Maryland Department of Health
- Jim Lutz, MPA, Philadelphia Department of Public Health
- Virginia Caine, MD, Indiana University
- Jamila Rashid, PhD, MPH, HHS Office of Minority Health
We hope to see you at one of the meetings.