April 24, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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Concern about a possible link between vaccines and autism is widespread despite there being good scientific evidence that there is no such link. This talk will cover the origins of the concern about vaccines and autism, the studies that claim to validate the concern, and the scientific investigation of this concern. The talk will also address the difficulty of getting public acceptance of good science in this area.
This issue illustrates the importance of skeptical inquiry and critical thinking, and the difficulty in communicating science to the general public.
Dr. Harris has over 30 years experience in neuroscience and 25 years experience in drug development: he earned his PhD at the University of Virginia studying the brain reorganization after damage, did post-doctoral work at the University of California, Irvine, studying the pharmacology of communication between brain cells, worked in drug discovery at AstraZeneca focusing on neurological diseases, and drug development (clinical trials, FDA interactions) at Cato Research in RTP. He is now retired, and passionate about science education and science literacy.