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September 27, 2018 4:00 - 7:00 PM
Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East (2036)
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

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Led by HGHI, Outbreak Week is a University-wide effort to commemorate the 1918 influenza pandemic that killed more than 50 million people around the globe.

Featuring keynotes from Michael Ryan, Deputy Director of the World Health Organization's Emergency Response Programme and Nicole Lurie, Strategic Advisor to the CEO of CEPI (Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation) and former Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at HHS, the symposium on "Vaccines for Outbreaks in the Modern World" will bring together expert panelists to discuss the development of an Ebola vaccine and to address vaccine rumors and misinformation.

This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and registration is required. Register now!

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3:30 - 4:00pm, Registration

4:00 - 4:10pm, Welcome Remarks

  • Ashish K. Jha, K.T. Li Professor of Global Health, Harvard University; Senior Associate Dean for Research Translation and Global Strategy, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health; and Director, Harvard Global Health Institute

  • Carmel Shachar, Executive Director, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, Harvard Law School

4:10 - 4:25pm, Keynote Address

  • Michael Ryan, Deputy Director, WHO Emergency Response Programme

4:25 - 5:25pm, Panel 1: Case Study on the Ebola Vaccine

  • Lydia Ogden, Vice President, Global Enterprise Policy, Merck and Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

  • Marc Lipsitch, Professor of Epidemiology and Assistant Director, Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics (CCDD), Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

  • John T. Monahan, Senior Advisor for Global Health to President John J. DeGioia, Georgetown University; Senior Fellow, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University; and Senior Scholar, O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown Law

  • Michael T. Osterholm, Director, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP); Regents Professor; McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health; Distinguished Teaching Professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health; professor, Technological Leadership Institute, College of Science and Engineering; and adjunct professor, Medical School at the University of Minnesota, and Science Envoy for Health Security, U. S. Department of State

  • Moderator: Helen Branswell, infectious disease and public health reporter, STAT

5:25 - 5:35pm, Break

5:35 - 5:50pm, Keynote Address

5:50pm - 6:50pm, Panel 2: Overcoming Vaccine Rumors and Disinformation

  • Heidi Larson, Professor Of Anthropology, Risk and Decision Science and Director of the Vaccine Confidence Project (VCP), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicines  

  • Nancy Messonier, Director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

  • Ross D. Silverman, Professor of Health Policy and Management, Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, IUPUI, and Professor of Public Health Law, Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indiana University

  • Gillian SteelFisher, Senior Research Scientist, Department of Health Policy and Management; Deputy Director and Director, Global Polling Unit, Harvard Opinion Research Program (HORP), Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

  • Marian Wentworth, President and Chief Executive Officer, Management Sciences for Health (MSH)

  • Moderator: Jonathan D. Quick, Senior Fellow Emeritus and former President and CEO, Management Sciences for Health; Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Instructor in Medicine, Division of Global Health Equity, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Health (Health Services), Boston University School of Public Health; Author of The End of Epidemics (2018)

6:50 - 7:00pm, Closing Remarks

Organized by the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI), in partnership with the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School; the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health; the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School; the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School; Common Spaces | the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center at Harvard University; the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture; the Center for the History of Medicine at Countway Library of Medicine; and the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute at Harvard University.


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