Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

Grand Rounds

Medicine Grand Rounds: A Trial Amid Tribulations - Testing an Ebola Vaccine During the West Africa Epidemic

Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

Thursday, February 18, 2016

8:00 AM: Forchheimer Medical Science Building 3rd Floor Lecture Hall

Speaker & Info

Jane F Seward, MBBS, MPH
Field Team Lead for STRIVE, (Sierra Leone Trial to Introduce a Vaccine against Ebola)
Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Repeated at 12:15 pm, Cherkasky Auditorium, Montefiore Medical Center.

Dr. Jane Seward obtained her medical degree from the University of Western Australia and her clinical training in Pediatrics and infectious diseases at Tulane University. After her pediatric training she returned to Perth, Australia where she worked in epidemiology and public health for several years before moving to Atlanta to obtain her Masters degree in Public Health with a major in Epidemiology from Emory University. She then held an adjunct faculty position at the Emory School of Public Health for several years where she taught core courses in epidemiology and she also worked on a contract basis at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). From 1991 to 1996, she and her family resided in the People's Republic of China where she worked for UNICEF, the World Bank, the World Health Organization and the United Nations Development Program on a variety of programs including iodine deficiency disorders and neonatal tetanus.

Since returning to Atlanta in 1996, Dr. Seward has worked at the CDC where she has held a variety of positions in CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. Her public health career has spanned both domestic and international arenas in the fields of Maternal and Child Health, Birth Defects, Nutrition, and Immunizations. The main focus of her work at CDC has been domestic vaccine programs with particular emphasis on live viral vaccines including measles, mumps, rubella, varicella and zoster vaccines. She is an internationally recognized vaccine and immunization policy expert who has provided technical assistance to state and local health departments in the U.S. and countries around the world on a variety of vaccine related issues including policy, evaluation, introduction of new vaccines and routine programs. She has authored more than 100 peer review articles, countless MMWRs, and a number of book chapters including in the classic textbook of vaccinology Vaccine. Since February 2015, she has played a leadership role in the CDC-sponsored ebola vaccine trial in Sierra Leone. She spent 6 months in Sierra Leone in 2015 leading the clinical trial in the field and she is now working on the trial primarily from Atlanta.

Objectives - after attending this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the global public health emergency caused by the Ebola epidemic in West Africa
  2. Understand the role of CDC and other organizations that sponsored clinical trials to test vaccines for the prevention of Ebola and the complexities of mounting clinical trials in the midst of a public health emergency
  3. Understand the Sierra Leone Trial to Introduce a Vaccine against Ebola in a high risk population in Sierra Leone and potential roles for licensed Ebola vaccines in the future

Accreditation: Albert Einstein College of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 credit towards the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity. Albert Einstein College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Host: Division of Infectious Diseases (Department of Medicine)

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