U.S. Science Envoy Peter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D., Discusses Vaccine Diplomacy in Middle East & North Africa

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Military force, economic sanctions and other ‘hard power’ tactics are often the first tools people associate with U.S. foreign policy. But ‘soft power’ options, such as economic development and medical assistance, not only often cost much less, they frequently lead to more positive perceptions and stronger relationships for the U.S.

With the collapse of Libya and the Islamic State controlling large areas of Iraq & Syria, scientists are warning of the strong possibility of various epidemics taking hold in the region. The U.S. State Department is looking to improve our image and proactively tackle these threats by partnering with Saudi Arabia and Morocco to locally develop and produce vaccines.

Dr. Peter Hotez was just named one of four U.S. Science Envoys by the State Department to promote science and technology as engines of diplomacy. He will discuss what lessons can be learned from the recent outbreak of Ebola. And Dr. Hotez will also address how the media and resulting public reactions can influence both the responses to and the outcomes of epidemics.

Peter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D., is one of the world’s foremost experts in vaccine development and tropical medicine. He is the founding dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine (the first of its kind in the U.S.) and professor of the Departments of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine. He is also president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development and the Baker Institute Fellow in Disease and Poverty at Rice University.

Hotez has authored lead articles in the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, Science and Scientific American; and numerous editorials, including pieces in the New York Times, LA Times and the Washington Post. He has also authored or edited 10 books, including the acclaimed Forgotten People, Forgotten Diseases. In 2006 at the Clinton Global Initiative, he co-founded the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases to provide access to essential medicines for more than 100 million people. In 2011 he was awarded the Abraham Horwitz Award by the World Health Organization. Hotez received his B.S. from Yale University, his Ph.D. from Rockefeller University and his M.D. from Cornell University. He completed his pediatric residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and his fellowship in infectious diseases and molecular parasitology at Yale University.

Heavy appetizers included. Please be sure to register. If possible please register in advance, as this event may reach capacity and the seating is more limited at this venue.

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