Vaccination: scientific and social perspectives

22 October 2018 from 10:00 to 17:00 hrs
De Nieuwe Liefde, Da Costakade 102, 1053 WP Amsterdam
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This conference, which follows the recent commentary of the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) and the Federation of European Academies of Medicine (FEAM) on vaccination in Europe, will identify the scientific issues relevant to future vaccine development and vaccination policy.

Vaccination has long been considered one of the greatest advances in medicine, since it was shown to be the major way to combat communicable diseases in humans and animals. In recent years vaccination has become the subject of controversy, in with doctors, scientists and vaccine producers are coming attack.

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  • Wim van Saarloos, President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences – Welcome
  • Jaap van Dissel, Director of Centre for Infectious Diseases (CIB), RIVM, The Netherlands – Not all vaccines are equal
  • Ron Fouchier, Professor of Virology, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands – How to improve the flu vaccine
  • George Griffin, President of FEAM and Professor of Infectious Diseases, St George’s Hospital, University of London, United Kingdom – The way ahead
  • Katrine Bach Habersaat, Vaccine Preventable Diseases and Immunization (VPI), WHO, Copenhagen, Denmark – The tailoring immunisation programme
  • Piotr Kramarz, Deputy Chief Scientist of European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) – Vaccine coverage in the EU 
  • Jos van der Meer, Immediate Past President of EASAC and emeritus Professor of Medicine, Radboud UMC, Nijmegen, The Netherlands – The EASAC-FEAM statement
  • Mihai Netea, Professor of Experimental Medicine, Radboud UMC, Nijmegen, The Netherlands – The effects of vaccines on innate immunity
  • Tara Smith, Professor of Epidemiology, Kent State University Kent, Ohio, USA – Dealing with vaccine hesitancy and rejection
  • Piek Vossen, Professor of Computational Lexicology Faculty of Humanities, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Vaccine discussion on the internet