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The Science of Vaccines: A Panel Discussion

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CFI Vancouver is proud to host a panel discussion on Vaccines and Vaccine Science.

The panel will discuss the reasons why vaccines are one of the foundations of public health and take questions on the creation of vaccines, how they work, and more.

In light of recent anti-vaccination events, CFI hopes that this will be an opportunity for science and science-enthusiasts to shed some light on vaccines and provide some educational resources on their role in preventing disease.

Our panel includes:

Dr. Jamie Scott: Professor in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and the Faculty of Health Sciences at SFU. She is holds a Canadian Research Chair in Molecular Immunity. Her main research, funded by Canada (CIHR) and the US (NIH), involves developing vaccines against HIV/AIDS that stimulate the immune system to produce antibodies that target the destruction of HIV and HIV-infected cells. She also works on a new approach to developing vaccines against HIV that is based on finding communities in which HIV variation from person to person is minimal; this work, funded by Canada (CIHR), is being done in Botswana. Finally, Dr. Scott and her lab are working on new ways of analyzing the antibody response against chronic HIV infection in humans, and are developing these methods using a mouse model system that is meant to mimic chronic viral infections.

Dr. David Scheifele: Director, Vaccine Evaluation Center (VEC) at BC Children’s Hospital and Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases) at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Founding Chair, Canadian Association for Immunization Research and Evaluation (CAIRE), 2002– present. Clinical Trials lead, PHAC/CIHR Influenza Research Network (2009-present), a key component of Canada’s pandemic preparedness infrastructure. Co-founder, Canadian Immunization Monitoring Program, Active (IMPACT) and Data Center chief (1991- present). IMPACT links 12 centers across Canada (including BCH) in active surveillance of vaccine-preventable infections and vaccine safety monitoring. Dr Scheifele received the Ross Award from Canadian Paediatric Society in 2010, for distinguished career achievement and was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2013. He also received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal in 2013 for service to Canada. He has published over 250 peer-reviewed papers.

Dr. Monika Naus: Medical Director, Immunization Programs & Vaccine Preventable Diseases, BCCDC.Monika Naus obtained her medical training at the University of Alberta and her training in community medicine at the University of Toronto. She then served as a federal field epidemiologist with the Laboratory Centre for Disease Control prior to starting her career in public health, with a focus on communicable disease prevention and control.She was a member of the Canadian National Advisory Committee on Immunization for 12 years, chairing it from 2003 to 2007, and overseeing the publication of the[masked]th Edition of the Canadian Immunization Guide.

The panel will discuss vaccine safety and the science behind vaccine creation and their role in health care. We will also be taking Q and A from the audience so please come with questions!

Admission is free, however please consider becoming a member of CFI and/or making a donation to help such educational programing running.

(Note, due to a time conflict, Dr. Nienke van Houten will not be able to join us)