Fifth Annual Innovations in Healthcare Symposium
Advances in Global Heath: A Symposium honoring Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin on World Polio Day and Dr. Salk’s Centenary.

Thursday, October 23, 2014 (Farkas Auditorium)

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Session on Ethics: What Ought to be Done to Overcome the Anti-Vaccine Trend?
A huge component of the recurrence of measles, mumps, pertussis and other vaccine preventable diseases is vaccine refusal and vaccine hesitation.  What can be done to combat this problem?  What educational, legal and policy efforts are most likely to persuade individuals and parents to accept vaccinations as very safe and effective?

Led by Arthur L. Caplan, Ph. D.
Drs. William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor and Founding Head of the Division of Bioethics at New York University Langone Medical Center, New York City

Panel Members:

The Philadelphia Measles Panic of 1991: Lesson from the Past or Predictor of the Future?
Paul A. Offit, MD
Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Equity and Non-Medical Exemptions from Vaccination Requirements
Jason L. Schwartz, PhD, MBE 
Harold T. Shapiro Fellow in Bioethics at the Princeton University Center for Human Values

What is Known and What is Not: Vaccine Communication Strategies
Seth Mnookin 
Associate Director Graduate Program in Science Writing
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm




4:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Featured Speaker:
Jay Wenger, MD
Polio Director, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Special Video Message:
Bill Gates
Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

4:15 pm - 4:25 pm

Françoise Gilot
Painter, author and wife of Dr. Jonas Salk

4:25 pm - 4:40 pm

Featured Speaker:
John L. Sever, MD, PhD
Vice Chair, International PolioPlus Committee, Rotary International, Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine
The George Washington University Center

4:40 pm - 4:50 pm

Greetings and Film Introduction:
Nancy Buirski
Producer, director, writer of Afternoon of a Faun; Director/Producer at THE LOVING STORY
The George Washington University Center

4:50 pm - 6:30 pm

“Afternoon of a Faun” - Tanaquil Le Clercq isn’t a household name, but she still holds a stunning place in ballet history. In the 1950s, “Tanny,” an elegant Paris-born American, was muse to the great New York City Ballet (NYCB) choreographer, George Balanchine, who'd become her husband, and also to choreographer Jerome Robbins, who remained her friend. But in 1956, at age 27 in the middle of a NYCB European tour, Tanny's muscles felt stiff. She was struck down by Polio, never to walk or dance again. In eerie, foreshadowing, Balanchine had once cast her as a Polio victim in an early ballet in which he danced the role of Polio.

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Reception and Art Exhibit:
“Polio-Confronting an Epidemic”
The Medical Science Building Gallery, located adjacent to the Ehrman Library

Friday, October 24, 2014

7:30 am - 8:00 am

Light breakfast and registration

8:00 am- 8:15 am

Dean's Welcome
Robert I. Grossman, MD
Saul J. Farber Dean and CEO, NYU Langone Medical Center

8:15 am - 8:30 am

Featured Speaker
United States Senator Chuck Schumer

8:30 am - 10:00 am

Session I
Polio: Honoring Dr. Jonas Salk and Dr. Albert Sabin
Drs. Salk and Sabin developed the two polio vaccines that have rid most of the world of this deadly disease. The panel will provide insights into the careers of these iconic scientists, including the education and training that sparked their interest in medical research, the philosophies that guided them, and the extraordinary, if lesser known, contributions that define their legacies.

A Centenary Perspective on Jonas Salk's Legacy
Peter L. Salk, MD
President, Jonas Salk Legacy Foundation, and son of Dr. Jonas Salk

Preparing for Greatness: The Education of Albert Sabin and Jonas Salk
David Oshinsky, PhD
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Director, Division of Medical Humanities, NYU Langone Medical Center

Dr. Sabin's Legacy: New Anti-Poverty Vaccines to Combat the World's Neglected Tropical Diseases
Peter Hotez, MD, PhD
President, Sabin Vaccine Institute

10:00 am - 10:15 am


10:15 am - 11:45 am

Session II
Vaccine Science: Where we Stand Today
Vaccines remain our best weapon in the battle against deadly infectious diseases. The panel will discuss the approaches and challenges in developing new vaccines.

The Rotavirus Vaccine and the Infamous Seven-Year Gap
Paul A. Offit, MD, Panel Chair
Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Problems we Must Solve for Any Effective HIV Vaccine
Robert C. Gallo, MD
The Homer & Martha Gudelsky Distinguished Professor in Medicine Professor of Microbiology and Immunology Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Co-Founder and Scientific Director, Global Virus Network

Reducing Mortality Through Vaccination: Progress, Challenges, and the Future
Penny M. Heaton, MD
Director of Vaccine Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

11:45 am - 11:50 pm

Recognition for Distinguished Contributions in Vaccines and Infectious Disease
Ruth S. Nussenzweig, MD, Phd (Hon. '04) and Victor Nussenzweig, MD, PhD (Hon. '04)

11:50 am - 12:15 pm

Break / Proceed to Lunch
Riverpark Restaurant, 450 E 29th Street, first floor

12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Lunch Session
Julie L. Gerberding, MD, MPH
President, Merck Vaccines

1:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Travel back to Medical Center for final session

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Session III
Vaccine Delivery: The Global Polio Campaign and the Future
Few medical issues have received more media attention in the past year than the global campaign to eradicate polio. Maintaining the momentum and sense of urgency are crucial to this effort, now in its final stages. The panel will discuss the obstacles and lessons learned in polio eradication, including the massive success in India, the current offensive in Nigeria, and ongoing efforts around the globe.

Hamid Jafari, MD, Director, Global Polio Eradication Operations and Research at WHO Headquarters, Geneva

Muhammad Ali Pate, MD, Visiting Professor at the Duke Global Health Institute, Former Minister of State for Health of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Laurie Garrett, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Senior Fellow for Global Health
Council on Foreign Relations

3:30 pm

Brief Closing Remarks

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