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Demystifying concerns on anti-vaccination and vaccination

Panel discussion at McMaster University on May 28, 2015

Published: May 25, 2015
1802 cartoon of immunology pioneer Dr. Edward Jenner vaccinating patients
1802 cartoon of immunology pioneer Dr. Edward Jenner vaccinating patients who feared it would make them sprout cowlike appendages.

Leading McMaster University historians and scientists are getting together Thursday, May 28 to discuss an interdisciplinary understanding of the implications of vaccination and anti-vaccination.

Aspects of the contested issue to be addressed include the science, history, ethics, public health, medical and policy aspects of the contested issue.

The panel discussion, open to the public, is being held from 2 to 5 p.m. in room 3020 of the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery. The session is co-organized by the Demystifying Medicine program and the Hannah Unit in the History of Medicine.


McMaster faculty members involved in the discussion

  • Ellen Amster, associate professor of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics and the Jason A. Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine
  • Julie Emili, assistant professor of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics and director, public health and preventive medicine program  
  • Gordon Guyatt, Distinguished University Professor of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics
  • Mark Loeb, professor of pathology and molecular medicine and the Michael G. DeGroote Chair in Infectious Diseases
  • Matthew Miller, assistant professor of biochemistry and biomedical sciences and member of the McMaster Immunology Research Centre
  • Jeffrey Pernica, associate professor pediatrics and the head of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease
  • Lisa Schwartz, associate professor of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics and the Arnold L. Johnson Chair in Health Care Ethics.

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