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Pandemic Fix: Seeking Universal Vaccines

Date & Time

Saturday, June 2, 2012
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
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Location

New-York Historical Society, Smith Auditorium

Imagine beating every strain of flu with a single jab. Wiping out your risk of some lethal cancers, HIV, and malaria during a routine doctor’s visit. That’s the promise of next-generation vaccines, and researchers are closing in on the basic science needed to bring them to reality. Join epidemiologists, virologists, and public-health experts as they share insights on the new wave of vaccine research, and the race to eliminate pandemic threats. Setting the stage for the discussion is a screening of Contagion, Steven Soderbergh’s chilling thriller about a deadly flu outbreak and the global race to contain it.

Screening at 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM and Program at 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Presented in collaboration with the New-York Historical Society, where “Get Vaccinated” is on display May 15 through September 2.

Moderator

  • Richard Besser

    Richard Besser is ABC News’ chief health and medical editor. In this role, he provides medical analysis and commentary for all ABC News broadcasts and platforms, including World News with Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America, and Nightline. More »

Participants

  • Laurie Garrett

    Journalist Laurie Garrett is currently the senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Garrett is the only writer ever to have been awarded all three of the Big "Ps" of journalism: The Peabody, The Polk and The Pulitzer. More »
  • Gary Nabel

    Virologist, Immunologist Gary Nabel is a nationally recognized expert at the forefront of virology, immunology, gene therapy and molecular biology. He is the director of the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institute of Allergy and InfectiousDiseases, where he oversees scientific research and guides the development of new strategies for vaccinating against HIV and other infectious diseases. More »
  • Michael Osterholm

    Public health scientist Michael Osterholm is one of the nation’s foremost experts in public health, infectious disease and biosecurity. More »
  • Harold Varmus

    Nobel Laureate, Oncologist Harold Varmus received the 1989 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly with Dr. J. Michael Bishop, his former colleague at the University of California, San Francisco, for their discovery of cellular genes that are progenitors of retroviral oncogenes. More »