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Creighton Lecture Features National Authority on Infectious Diseases

The next presentation in the Creighton University’s School of Medicine Distinguished Lecture Series will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the Morrison Seminar Room at the Creighton Medical Center. The lecture will feature Paul A. Offit, M.D., Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. His presentation is entitled “Vaccine Advocacy and Overcoming Vaccine Refusal.” The lecture is free and open to the public.

Offit is the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is a recipient of many awards including the J. Edmund Bradley Prize for Excellence in Pediatrics from the University of Maryland Medical School, the Young Investigator Award in Vaccine Development from the Infectious Disease Society of America, and a Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health.

He hast has published more than 130 papers in medical and scientific journals in the areas of rotavirus-specific immune responses and vaccine safety. He is also the co-inventor of the rotavirus vaccine, RotaTeq, recommended for universal use in infants by the CDC; for this achievement Dr. Offit received the Jonas Salk Medal from the Association for Infection Control and Epidemiology, the Mastroianni and Osler Awards from the University of Penn¬sylvania School of Medicine, the Charles Mérieux Award from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases; and was honored by Bill and Melinda Gates during the launch of their Foundation’s Living Proof Project for global health. In 2009, Dr. Offit received the President’s Certificate for Outstanding Service from the American Academy of Pediat¬rics. In 2011, Dr. Offit was awarded Humanitarian of the Year from the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). In 2012, Dr. Offit was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and won the Translational Research Prize from Drexel University.

For more information, including attaining continuing education credits, call Creighton University Health Sciences Continuing Education at (402)-280-1830.