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PHO Grand Rounds: Stories from the time before vaccines: A celebration of the present
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: 480 University Ave, Suite 300 Toronto, ON M5G 1V2 Boardroom 350
Infectious Diseases
City: Toronto
Type: PHO Grand Rounds
Format: In Person; Webinar

​Note: This is an open invitation, and may be forwarded to interested parties.

How have vaccines changed the history of humankind? Counter-narratives from history can be helpful in combatting misconceptions about immunization. Stories about the world before vaccines help capture our imagination, and remind us that vaccines are modern miracles that are essential to our health.  This presentation will describe how immunization has changed human history, the stories we tell and what we value, and will reflect on the implications for communication about vaccines.

Presenter: Dr. Natasha Crowcroft

Natasha Crowcroft provides leadership for Applied Immunization Research, a cross-organizational scientific initiative, at Public Health Ontario. She was formerly the Chief of Infectious Diseases (2012-15) and Scientific Director of Surveillance and Epidemiology (2008-2012) at PHO. She has published over 150 articles and has international experience working at the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO). Dr. Crowcroft was a member of the Canadian National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) from 2008-2013. She received her medical qualifications and Masters of Science from the University of London and Doctorate in Medicine (medical PhD) from the University of Cambridge.

Public Health Ontario Grand Rounds are approved for continuing medical education from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.

PHO Grand Rounds are also approved by Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).

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