Washington, D.C. - An international meeting was held in Montego Bay, Jamaica Jan. 3-7, 2011 to discuss current vaccine science and policy safety concerns. Delegates from around the world included senior scientists and physicians, editors of scientific journals, experts in vaccine regulation, social science and health policy, consumer child health advocates, legal experts and members of the media.
The meeting was held in response to acknowledged significant increases in immune and inflammatory diseases in children and adults ranging from asthma and neurodevelopmental disorders to the emergence of previously rare but serious autoimmune health conditions during the past three decades. The concern of delegates paralleled those of 89 percent of recently polled parents in the U.S., who place vaccine safety as their number one medical research priority, while health consumers in other developed countries are also questioning vaccine science and policy.
Delegates affirmed an urgent need for methodologically sound vaccine science to address eroding public confidence in national vaccine policies. Information was presented from the peer reviewed scientific literature that raised serious concerns about gaps in scientific knowledge about:
The need to identify research priorities and conduct bench science and clinical studies to identify how and why certain individuals may be at increased risk of vaccine induced chronic health problems or death was stressed. The need to minimize undue commercial and political influence on academic institutions, medical journals and lay press was also discussed as a factor that impedes open, unbiased scientific inquiry into important outstanding questions about vaccine science and policy.
Representatives of federal agencies responsible for vaccine regulation, promotion, and safety were invited to present but declined.
Referenced presentations, peer reviewed materials and video excerpts from the meeting will be posted on the web in spring 2011. For more information about speakers and presentations, email us at: email@example.com
The "Vaccine Safety: Evaluating the Science" Conference has been organized to address concerns raised by the scientific community about the scientific evidence, policy, law and ethics of vaccination. Fears of global pandemics have been used by the World Health Organization and governments around the world to push for increasingly aggressive vaccination programs. While questions about vaccine safety continue to be raised, concerns have largely been downplayed by governments, regulatory agencies, and the pharmaceutical industry. Contrary to a widespread belief that vaccine safety is completely and unequivocally established, the work of a number of scientists suggests that the opposite might be true.
The conference will bring together leading scientists whose research has raised concerns about aspects of vaccine safety. Several well-established proponents of mass vaccination campaigns have also been invited to present their views and evidence. The participants will include basic and clinical researchers who have studied a range of issues from the toxic potential of various vaccine ingredients to the expression of human diseases. The overall goal of the meeting is to provide a critical analysis of the existing data on vaccine safety and an evaluation of what further research is needed in the future. The conference conclusions can be expected to have a profound impact on the development of health policies concerning vaccines and will serve to provide a science-based overview for the general public.
Dr. Russell Blaylock is a board certified neurosurgeon, author and lecturer. He attended the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and completed his general surgical internship and neurosurgical residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. During his residency training he worked with the eminent neurosurgeon, Dr. Ludwig Kempe. Together they developed the transcallosal removal of intraventricular tumors, a technique still used today. For the past 25 years he has practiced neurosurgery in addition to having a nutritional practice. He recently retired from his neurosurgical duties to devote his full attention to nutritional studies and neuroscience research.
Blaylock has authored three books on nutrition and wellness: Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, Health and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life and Natural Strategies for The Cancer Patient. He co-authored the book Cellular and Molecular Biology of Autism Spectrum Disorders with Dr. Anna Strunecka and written over 40 papers for peer-reviewed journals. Blaylock serves on the editorial staff of the Fluoride Journal, the Journal of the American Physicians and Surgeons and the Journal of the American Nutriceutical Association. Blaylock has been appointed to serve on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Life Extension Foundation. He is the 2004 recipient of the Integrity in Science Award granted by the Weston A. Price Foundation. An in-demand guest for radio and television programs, he lectures extensively to both lay and professional medical audiences on a variety of nutrition-related subjects. He previously served as clinical assistant professor of neurosurgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. and is currently a visiting professor of biology at Belhaven University, also in Jackson.
Dr. Shiv Chopra's name has become synonymous with food safety. He and fellow scientists have waged many battles over 4 decades against a succession of Canadian federal ministries of health and helped to protect the food supply worldwide. With support of his union, Chopra and his colleagues refused to approve various harmful drugs intended for meat and milk production. He endured disciplinary actions, spoke out publicly, testified at Senate committees, and won federal court cases against Health Canada. Due to Chopra’s work, Bovine Growth Hormone was barred in Canada in 1999 and in the EU. He has spoken out on BGH, dangerous antibiotics like Revalor-H Baytril, and the true causes of mad cow disease.
Chopra's academic qualifications include graduation in veterinary medicine and MSc and PhD in Microbiology. He is the recipient of numerous academic awards, including a Fellowship of the World Health Organization. As a scientist Chopra’s career is checkered with numerous eminent posts in India, England and Canada. Apart from his work in science, he is a highly acclaimed leader and spokesman on a variety of social and cultural issues in Canada, and around the world. Chopra is the author of several books on science, poetry and literary criticism. His latest book, CORRUPT TO THE CORE: Memoirs of a Health Canada Whistleblower, was published in English and French in 2009, due to which he is frequently referred to as the most persistent whistleblower in Canada.
Dr. John Barthelow Classen holds medical licenses in four states and the District of Columbia. He obtained his BSc degree from the U. Maryland College Park where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He obtained his MD from the University of Maryland Medical School and his MBA from the Columbia Graduate School of Business in New York. He completed a three year research fellowship in the Laboratory of Immunology, National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, where he spent three years studying the etiology of autoimmune diseases.
Since completing his fellowship in 1991, Classen has focused his research on studying the ability of common vaccines to cause autoimmune diseases including Type 1 diabetes. He developed an animal model to prove vaccines can cause Type 1 insulin dependent, diabetes. He has published data from a large prospective clinical trial providing evidence that vaccines were responsible for the huge global epidemic of Type 1 diabetes. More recently he has published strong evidence that vaccines are also responsible for the epidemic of obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and metabolic syndrome disorders in children by inducing inflammation and a counter -regulatory immune suppression loop that includes cortisol activation.
Classen is currently researching the link between autism and vaccine- induced diabetes. He has published multiple peer reviewed scientific manuscripts on his research, holds five US patents covering aspects of vaccine safety, and three US patents covering other aspects of pharmaceutical safety. Recently he successfully argued a case regarding his vaccine safety patents before the US Supreme Court and in doing so made the Supreme Court Justices aware of disease and suffering being caused by vaccines as well as an historic neglect for vaccine safety.
Dr. Vicky Pebsworth Debold is an NVIC board member and volunteer Director of Research and Patient Safety. She has worked with NVIC since 2006 on vaccine safety analytical and education projects.
Debold has been employed in the health care field for more than 30 years as an ICU nurse, health care administrator and health policy analyst primarily focusing on pediatrics and patient safety. Currently, she is a Research Scientist and Affiliate Faculty member at George Mason University in the Health Administration and Policy Department where she teaches Health Services Research Methods.
Since 2008, she has served as the consumer voting member of the Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccine and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC). Additionally, she has worked for the Vaccine Safety Working Group (Epidemiology and Implementation Subcommittees) of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC). She also serves as the consumer representative to the independent H1N1 Vaccine Safety Risk Assessment Working Group and has been a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Board of Scientific Counselors.
In 2009, she provided testimony to the Institute of Medicine’s committee on the Review of National Vaccine Plan Priorities addressing two topics: informed vaccine decision making and enhancing the safety of vaccines and vaccination practices.
Debold previously worked as a health policy analyst for the U.S. Congress’s Physician Payment Review Commission; for the Michigan Health and Safety Coalition; and for the Michigan State Commission on Patient Safety. Additionally, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan and an Associate Professor and Director of the Health Systems Management Program at the University of Detroit, Mercy.
She has successfully competed for research funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the University of Michigan Health Systems Health Services Research Initiative, and the Health Care Financing Administration. Her analyses and papers have been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Alternative Approaches, Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America.
She received her doctoral degree from the University of Michigan (1999) — School of Public Health (Health Services Organization and Policy) and School of Nursing (Health Systems Administration). She was a University of Michigan Regent's Fellow and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in health systems research.
Dr. Richard Deth is Professor of Pharmacology in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Northeastern University where he has held a faculty appointment since 1976 and where he has served as Department Chairman and Director of the Pharmacy Program Director. He received his BSc degree in Pharmacy from State University of New York at Buffalo and his doctoral degree in Pharmacology from the University of Miami. His research interests are focused on the role of impaired methylation reactions in neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders, including the important influence of oxidative stress.
His earlier research involved studies of receptor-initiated G-protein activation and second messenger formation. Subsequently he identified the unique ability of the D4 dopamine receptor to carry out phospholipid methylation and showed that numerous environmentally-derived toxins, including heavy metals, potently impair this process. In recent years his work has focused specifically on autism, helping to understand the causes contributing to the current “autism epidemic”, and identifying novel treatments. He has testified before Congress and in vaccine court proceedings about how mercury-containing vaccine preservatives might contribute to rising autism rates. Deth is the author of Molecular Origins of Human Attention: The Dopamine-Folate Connection, a book that provides a useful framework for understanding the role of D4 receptor-mediated methylation in neuropsychiatric disorders.
Dr. Christopher Exley is the Reader in Bioinorganic Chemistry at The Birchall Centre, Keele University in Staffordshire and Honorary Professor at the UHI Millennium Institute. Exley is a biologist (University of Stirling) with a PhD in the ecotoxicology of aluminium (University of Stirling). His research career (1984-present) has focused upon an intriguing paradox; ‘how the third most abundant element of the Earth’s crust (aluminium) is non-essential and largely inimical to life’. Investigating this mystery has required research in myriad fields from the basic inorganic chemistry of the reaction of aluminium and silicon to the potentially complex biological availability of aluminium in humans. Exley is also fascinated by the element silicon in relation to living things which, as the second most abundant element of the Earth’s crust, is also almost devoid of biological function. One possible function of silicon is to keep aluminium out of biology (biota) and this area of study forms a large part of Exley’s research.
Barbara Loe Fisher is co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC www.NVIC.org ). She is co-author of the seminal book DPT: A Shot in the Dark (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1985); author of The Consumer's Guide to Childhood Vaccines (NVIC 1997) and Vaccines, Autism & Chronic Inflammation: The New Epidemic (2008); editor of the bi-weekly NVIC Vaccine E-Newsletter and a blogger at www.VaccineAwakening.blogspot.com. The mother of three grown children, her oldest son was left with multiple learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder after a severe reaction to his fourth DPT shot in 1980 when he was two and a half years old. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in English and worked in community relations at a large teaching hospital before becoming a Mom in 1978.
During the early 1980's, she helped launch a grassroots movement to bring the issue of vaccine safety to public attention, including leading demonstrations at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta and the White House in 1986. Her 1985 book, DPT: A Shot in the Dark, which she co-authored with Harris Coulter, Ph.D., was the first major, well documented critique of America's mass vaccination system calling for safety reforms and the right to informed consent to vaccination.
For the past quarter century, Barbara has analyzed and publicly articulated the major issues involving the science, policy, law, ethics and politics of vaccination and is one of the world’s leading non-medical, consumer advocacy experts on the subject. She served on the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (1988-1991); the Institute of Medicine Vaccine Safety Forum (1995-1998) where she helped coordinate five public workshops on vaccine safety issues; the FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (1999-2003); the Vaccine Policy Analysis Collaborative (2002-2005); and is a member of the Consumer’s United for Evidence-Based Healthcare, Cochrane Collaboration – U.S. She has represented health care consumers at many scientific workshops, government meetings and congressional and state legislative hearings and is a featured speaker at health care conferences.
Barbara has been quoted on the subject of vaccine safety and informed consent to vaccination by national news sources including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, Time, and Newsweek. Since 1993, she has debated physicians live five times on NBC’s “Today Show” as well as on CNN, CBS, Fox, MSNBC and National Public Radio. She has appeared in vaccine news reports on CBS “Sunday Morning News,” CBN “700 Club,” “ABC World News Tonight” ABC “Nightline” and CBS “The Doctors.”
Several major articles she authored have contributed to national dialogue about vaccine safety and informed consent, including “Shots in the Dark” (The Next City Magazine 1999); “Smallpox and Forced Vaccination: What Every American Needs to Know” (The Vaccine Reaction 2001); “In the Wake of Vaccines” (Mothering Magazine 2004); and co-authored with Mark Blaxill “The Atlanta Manifesto: From Safety Last to Children First” (Age of Autism Blog 2007).
Dr. Romain K. Gherardi is a French specialist of neuromuscular diseases. He graduated in clinical Neurology and Pathology, and has been a Professor since 1990. He is working at the Henri Mondor hospital, the second largest hospital of Assistance Publique- Hôpitaux de Paris, located in Créteil and depending of Paris-Est University. He heads the department of Histology that includes both Neuropathologic and Clinical activities in the setting of a Neuromuscular disease reference center. He also heads an experimental research team entitled ‘Cellular interactions in the Neuromuscular system” (INSERM U955-E10) at the Institut Mondor de Recherche Biomédicale (IMRB).
From 1983 to 2010, Gherardi has published 290 articles indexed in PubMed, and monitored 14 PhD and 10 MSc students on the topic of biology, pathology and clinics of the nervous and muscular system. He previously studied several immuno-inflammatory and toxic neuromuscular disorders (almitrine neuropathy, zidovudine myopathy, statin myopathy, etc). He is currently working on innate immune reactions to myoinjury, biodistribution of nanoparticles, and pathophysiology of ‘macrophagic myofasciitis” a neurologic disease linked to the long term persistence of Alum adjuvant in monocyte/macrophage lineage cells.
Gherardi is reviewer for Science, N Engl J Med, Lancet, Ann Neurol, Arthritis Rheum, Stem Cells, Stem Cell Dev, Neuromuscular Disord, Muscle Nerve, etc. On the topic of macrophagic myofasciitis, he was an invited speaker by the Centers for Disease Control, WHO Geneva, French government agencies, the French Parliament committee on Gulf War syndrome, and a variety of national and international scientific and medical societies.
Dr. Beatrice A. Golomb is Associate Professor of Medicine and of Family and Preventive Medicine at UCSD and a practicing internist. She holds a BSc in physics from the University of Southern California (summa cum laude), a PhD in biology and an MD degree (from the University of California, San Diego). She trained as a postdoctoral fellow at the Salk Institute (Computational Neurobiology Laboratory) and at RAND/UCLA (as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar) and has served as a Health Consultant at RAND. She is a foreign fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. As a Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar (2003-2007), she piloted a patient-targeted adverse-event surveillance approach, and has published (among other findings) on physician responses to patient reports of drug adverse effects. Golomb authored several RAND reports examining the relation of exposures to illness in Gulf War illness: One of these studies targeted vaccinations (unreleased).
Her research interests include medical reasoning; conflict of interest, placebos, treatment risk-benefit balance and drug adverse effects, cholesterol and statin drugs, diet influences on health, mood and behavior, illness in Gulf War veterans; and the impact of oxidative stress and mitochondrial function in autism, health, aging, and disease. Golomb’s research has been featured extensively in media ranging from NY Times and Wall Street Journal, to Time magazine, The Economist, and Business Week – to Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show.
Stephen M. Kohn is the Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center, a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto and the former Director of Corporate Litigation for the Government Accountability Project. Recognized as one of America's leading authorities on whistleblowing, successfully represented many of America's most important whistleblowers, including scientists and medical doctors employed at various government agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes for Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Kohn wrote the first legal treatise on whistleblower law in 1985 and since then has authored or co-authored seven other books on whistleblower law and civil liberties, including: Concepts and Procedures in Whistleblower Law (2000), Corporate Whistleblower Law (2004), and The Labor Lawyers Guide to the Rights and Responsibilities of Employee Whistleblowers (1988). Kohn's most recent book, The Whistleblower's Handbook will be released in 2011. Between 1984-1988 he taught a law clinic on government accountability at the Antioch School of Law and in 2006 he was named the Northeastern University School of Law’s Daynard Public Interest Visiting Fellow. Kohn has a JD from Northeastern University, an MA in Political Science from Brown University and a BSc, magnum cum laude from Boston University.
Meryl Nass is a medical staff member of Mount Desert Island Hospital and recently appointed Chair of Maine National Guard Commission. In this latter role, Nass will oversee efforts to improve standards for Maine National Guard members and encourage the federal government to adopt these standards. She has a varied career practicing in-patient internal medicine, running an out-patient clinic for complex disorders, investigating epidemics, studying vaccine injuries and blogging, She identified the world’s largest epidemic of anthrax (affecting over 10,000 Rhodesians in 1980) as a biological warfare event in 1992 based on careful analysis of its different features; diagnosed Cuba’s 1993 neuropathy epidemic as due to a combination of cyanide exposure and nutritional deficiency; investigated the safety and efficacy of anthrax vaccine; and has discussed both the scientific and investigative features of the anthrax letters case. Nass has testified before 3 Congressional committees and provided requested testimony to four additional Congressional committees on anthrax vaccine use and its serious adverse effects, the causes and treatment of Gulf War Syndrome, and the medical response to bioterrorism. She enjoys shining a light on poorly understood facts about immunizations and other issues germane to the public health. She may be the only person who has consulted both for the Cuban Ministry of Health and the Director of National Intelligence (US).
Dr. Raymond Obomsawin holds an MSc and a PhD in health science and human ecology. His professional history includes service as Senior Advisor on First Nations Health at the National Aboriginal Health Organization, Executive Director in the California Rural Indian Health Board system, Director of the Office for National Health Development NIB (now Assembly of First Nations), and founding Chairman of the National Commission Inquiry on Indian Health. His international work included appointments as Manager of Overseas Operations for CUSO and Evaluation Analyst and later Senior Advisor on Indigenous Knowledge at the Canadian International Development Agency.
Obomsawin has advised senior decision-makers in the public sector regarding varied health, education, agriculture, nutrition, agro-forestry, and environmental projects. He Co-Chaired the United Nations Environment Program – Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on the Potential Impacts of Genetic Use Restriction Technologies (alias “Terminator Seed” technologies). He also spearheaded the first world-wide inter-sectoral review funded by a Western government on Indigenous Culture-Based Knowledge Systems. The study elicited the involvement of over 500 bio-social development, technical and research institutions in all world regions and entailed field missions to the Andean and upper Amazon regions of South America, as well as East Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. He has produced over 85 academic and professional publications. Obomsawin was born in the United States in 1950. He and wife Marie-Louise have three adult children who have never received the prescribed regimen of childhood vaccines and have exhibited lifelong immunity to the common childhood infectious diseases.
Dr. Lawrence Palevsky is a board certified pediatrician who utilizes a holistic approach to children’s wellness and illness. Palevsky received his medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine in 1987, completed a three-year pediatric residency at the Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC in 1990, and served as a pediatric fellow in the ambulatory care out-patient department at Bellevue Hospital, NYC, from 1990-1991. Since 1991, his clinical experience includes working in pediatric emergency and intensive care medicine, in-patient and out-patient pediatric medicine, neonatal intensive care medicine, newborn and delivery room medicine, and conventional, holistic and integrative pediatric private practice at the Center for Health and Healing- an integrative and complementary care medical facility affiliated with the Beth Israel Medical Center in NYC.
Palevsky is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, co-founder and President of the Holistic Pediatric Association www.hpakids.org and Past–President of the American Holistic Medical Association www.holisticmedicine.org. In his current practice in Northport, Long Island and Manhattan, NYC, Palevsky offers consultations and educational programs to families and practitioners in the areas of preventive and holistic health, childhood development, lifestyle changes, nutrition for adults, infants and children, safe, alternative treatments for common and difficult to treat acute and chronic pediatric and adult conditions, vaccination controversies, mindful parenting, and rethinking current medical paradigms. Additionally, he teaches holistic integrative pediatric and adolescent medicine to parents, and medical and allied health professionals, both nationally & internationally, and is available for speaking engagements worldwide.
Dr. Lawrence Rosen is a board-certified general pediatrician committed to family-centered, holistic child health care. He practices primary care at the Whole Child Center in Oradell, NJ and consults at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center, serving as Medical Advisor to the Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology.
Rosen is a nationally recognized expert in Pediatric Integrative Medicine, a founding member and chair-elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Complementary and Integrative Medicine. He is appointed as Clinical Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at UMDNJ/New Jersey Medical School. Rosen is a graduate of New York Medical College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and he completed his residency and chief residency in pediatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.
Rosen serves on many integrative health advisory boards, including the Teleosis Institute, IntegrativePractitioner.com and Integrative Healthcare Symposium, Integrative Touch for Kids, PedCAM, and MarbleJam Kids. He is a contributing editor and columnist for Kiwi Magazine, as well as a contributing author/editor for several books, including “Integrative Pediatrics” (Oxford University Press 2009), “Green Baby" (DK 2008), and "Pediatric Clinics of North America: Complementary and Alternative Medicine" (Elsevier 2007).
Dr. Christopher Shaw is a Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of British Columbia and holds cross appointments with the Department of Experimental Medicine and the Graduate Program in Neuroscience. He is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed articles as well as numerous book chapters and special reviews. Shaw has edited four books on neuroscience themes. The main focus of his research has been on the Guamanian neurological disease spectrum, ALS-parkinsonism dementia complex (ALS-PDC). Recent work in the laboratory has developed animal models of the disease that are able to recapitulate all the essential behavioural and pathological features. The model is also being used to understand gene-toxin interactions, define neurodegeneration pathways involved, and to attempt therapeutic interventions at early, mid and late time points. Work in the laboratory also provided one of the first models of aluminum adjuvant-induced neuropathology and these studies have become a new research direction. He is the founder and a former director of Neurodyn, a biotechnology company based out of Prince Edward Island. Neurodyn's efforts are directed at early phase detection and treatment for age-related neurological disorders. He has two children. The youngest has not been vaccinated.
Dr. Yehuda Shoenfeld is the head of the Department of Medicine at the Tel Aviv University since 1984 (age 36). Has founded and is heading the Center for Autoimmune Diseases since 1985 - at the largest hospital in Israel- the Sheba Medical Center, which is affiliated to the Sackler Faculty of Medicine in the Tel-Aviv University.
Shoenfeld is the Incumbent of the Laura Schwarz-Kipp Chair for Research of Autoimmune Diseases in Tel-Aviv University. His clinical and scientific work focuses on Autoimmune Rheumatic Diseases. He has published over 1600 papers in journals such as New Eng J Med, Nature, Lancet, Proc Nat Acad Scie, J Clin Invest, J Immunol, Blood, FASEB, J Exp Med, Circulation, Cancer and others. His articles have had over 20,000 citations until 2009. He has authored and edited 25 books, some of which became cornerstones in science and clinical practice, such as "The Mosaic of Autoimmunity", "Infections and Autoimmunity", the textbook "Autoantibodies" and "Diagnostic Criteria of Autoimmune Diseases", all of which were published by Elsevier and sold by thousands.
He is on the editorial board of 43 journals in the field of Rheumatology, and Autoimmunity and is the founder and the editor of the IMAJ (Israel Medical Association Journal) the representative journal of Science and Medicine in the English language in Israel. Shoenfeld is also the founder and Editor of the "Autoimmunity Reviews" (Elsevier) (Impact factor 6.2). He has written over three hundred chapters in different books. For the last 20 years Shoenfeld has been the Editor of "Harefuah" – The Israel journal in medicine (Hebrew) and edited the Israel Medical Encyclopedia (10 volumes, 5000 items). He has organized over 20 International Congresses in Autoimmunity.
Recently he has opened the new Zabludowicz Center for Autoimmune Diseases in The Chaim Sheba medical Center.
Dr. Lucija Tomljenovic is an early career postdoctoral fellow. She was awarded a PhD in 2009 in Biochemistry, from the Comparative Genomics Centre at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia. In 2010, she joined the Neural Dynamics Research Group at the University of British Columbia (Chris Shaw’s lab) and is currently researching the neurotoxic effects of aluminum vaccine adjuvants. Tomljenovic has recently become an Associate Editor of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. She values open-minded discussions on controversial topics and the pursuit of truth in research endeavors, wherever they may lead.
Michael Vonn is a lawyer and the Policy Director of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, Canada’s largest and most active civil liberties organization. She has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in the Faculty of Law and the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, where she teaches civil liberties and information ethics. She is a regular guest instructor for UBC’s College of Health Disciplines Interdisciplinary Elective in HIV/AIDS care. Vonn is a frequent speaker on a variety of civil liberties topics, particularly privacy and security issues including patient autonomy and electronic health records and a range of national security and surveillance issues. She is an Advisory Board member of Privacy International and is the recipient of the 2010 AccolAIDS award for social and political advocacy benefitting communities affected by HIV/AIDS.
Dr. Andrew Wakefield is an academic gastroenterologist. He received his medical degree from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School (part of the University of London) in 1981. He is the fourth generation of his family to have studied medicine at that teaching hospital.
He pursued a career in gastrointestinal surgery with a particular interest in inflammatory bowel disease. He qualified as Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1985 and in 1996 was awarded a Wellcome Trust Traveling Fellowship to study small-intestinal transplantation in Toronto, Canada. Wakefield was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists in 2001. He has published over 145 original scientific articles, book chapters, and invited scientific commentaries. He recently authored the bestselling book Callous Disregard, chronicling his experiences of challenging public health policy and pharmaceutical industry interests in the UK.
In the pursuit of possible links between childhood vaccines, intestinal inflammation, and neurologic injury in children, Wakefield lost his job in the Department of Medicine at London’s Royal Free Hospital, his country, his career, and his medical license.
Wakefield is currently founder and executive director of Strategic Autism Initiative, a Texas-based charity focused on research into autism causation. He is also managing partner and scientific editor of The Autism File Global, a special interest magazine.