Vaccine scientist Hotez to give virtual talk sponsored by UB – UB Now: News and views for UB faculty and staff – University at Buffalo

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Peter J. Hotez, prominent vaccine scientist, self-described science explainer and misinformation antagonist, will discuss The COVID-19 Vaccines: Science vs. Anti-science in a virtual talk at noon on June 9 presented by UB.

Free and open to the public, the Grand Rounds talk is sponsored by the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UB through its Medical Education and Educational Research Institute, in collaboration with the Division of Behavioral Medicine in the Department of Medicine.

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As U.S. deaths from COVID-19 have passed the grim milestone of 1 million, and with global deaths estimated to exceed 6 million, Hotezs talk will focus on the factors that led to a tragedy of this scale.

He will discuss:

Hotez is dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, where he is professor of pediatrics and molecular virology and microbiology. He is the Texas Childrens Hospital Endowed Chair of Tropical Pediatrics and co-director of Texas Childrens Center for Vaccine Development.

The Jacobs School is especially pleased to be hosting Dr. Hotez, who has dedicated himself to improving the health of the most vulnerable and to promoting science-based decision-making for the public, says Allison Brashear, vice president for health sciences and dean of the Jacobs School.

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, issues surrounding scientific literacy have become increasingly critical; for example, resulting in our Medical Education and Educational Research Institute designing and implementing new curriculum to strengthen the scientific literacy skills of our students and residents to better prepare them to critically appraise, explain and apply findings from research to patient care.

Hotez and his colleague, Maria Elena Bottazzi, have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize this year for their work to develop and distribute a low-cost COVID-19 vaccine to the people of the world without patent limitation.

Hotez co-leads teams focused on developing new vaccines that arent deemed financially viable for pharmaceutical companies, and that are for conditions/diseases that primarily sicken the poor. They are currently working on vaccines against hookworm infection, schistosomiasis, leishmaniasis, Chagas disease and SARS/MERS/SARS-2 coronavirus diseases that affect hundreds of millions of children and adults worldwide.

A recipient this year of the American Medical Associations Scientific Achievement Award, Hotez has authored more than 600 scientific publications and five books written primarily for lay audiences.

As the father of an adult daughter with autism and author of the book Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachels Autism: My Journey as a Vaccine Scientist, Pediatrician and Autism Dad, Hotez is a passionate champion for the benefits of vaccination and a national leader in the fight against the growing anti-vaccination movement.

In 2021, he was recognized with scientific leadership awards from the Association of American Medical Colleges and the AMA, in addition to receiving the Anti-Defamation Leagues Popkin Award for combating anti-Semitism.

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