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IU experts available to comment on FDA considering COVID-19 vaccines

December 9, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reviewing at least two COVID-19 vaccines, one from Pfizer and one from Moderna. Indiana University experts are available to comment about the potential impact of these vaccines on the pandemic, as well as vaccines in general and how they are developed. For more information, contact Steve Martin at stgmart@iu.edu or 317-278-1505.

Cynthia Brown

COVID-19 vaccine, cystic fibrosis.

IUPUI

Email: cyndbrow@iu.edu

Expert Bio

Dr. Cynthia D. Brown is board certified in pulmonary care, critical care and sleep medicine, primarily practicing pulmonary medicine at IU Health Hospital. Her primary area of clinical focus and research is the care of adults with cystic fibrosis. (more)

Shandy Dearth

Epidemiology, infectious diseases, infectious disease surveillance, emergency preparedness planning and response, public health informatics.

IUPUI

Email: sdearth@iu.edu

Expert Bio

Shandy Dearth has spent most of her career focusing on infectious disease surveillance, emergency preparedness planning and response, and public health informatics. Before joining the Fairbanks School of Public Health, she was the director of an international public health association that brought together public health practitioners and public health researchers who focused on health data surveillance projects. (more)

Thomas Duszynski

Local and state public health, infectious disease, epidemiology, field epidemiology, public health surveillance (the continuous, systematic collection, analysis and interpretation of health-related data needed for the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health practice), public health leadership.

IUPUI

Email: tduszyns@iu.edu

Expert Bio

Thomas Duszynski has worked in public health for more than 20 years, starting his career as an environmental inspector for a local health department. He has served as a field epidemiologist for the Indiana State Department of Health, and in August 2005 he was named director of the field epidemiology program. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from St. Meinrad College and a Master of Public Health in epidemiology from Indiana University School of Medicine. He was a licensed Registered Environmental Health Specialist in Indiana and recent graduate of the National Public Health Leadership Institute. (more)

Katharine Head

Health communication, vaccination, young adults, cancer screening, social and behavioral science, health campaigns, message design.

IUPUI

Email: headkj@iupui.edu

Expert Bio

Katharine J. Head is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies. Her research focuses on health communication, and much of her scholarship has focused on how individuals communicate about vaccines and cancer screenings in the public and clinical contexts. (more)

Ross Silverman

Public health law, ethics and public health and vaccination law, policy and ethics.

IUPUI

Email: rdsilver@iu.edu

Expert Bio

Ross D. Silverman is a professor of health policy and management at the Fairbanks School of Public Health and holds a secondary appointment as professor of public health law at the McKinney School of Law. His research interests include legal, ethical and policy issues in public health. From 1998 to 2013, he was a faculty member at Southern Illinois University's schools of medicine and law. (more)

Gregory Zimet

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HPV vaccination, COVID-19 vaccination, adolescent vaccination.

IUPUI

Email: gzimet@iu.edu

Expert Bio

Dr. Gregory Zimet is a professor of pediatrics and clinical psychology in the Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics at the IU School of Medicine, with an adjunct appointment in the School of Nursing. In addition, he is co-director of the IUPUI Center for HPV Research, which he founded in 2012. Much of his research has involved the study of vaccine acceptance and refusal, with a primary focus over the past 20 years on attitudes about HPV vaccine as well as the behavioral and social determinants of HPV vaccination. More recently, he has worked with colleagues on understanding attitudes about COVID-19 vaccination and other behavioral approaches to COVID-19 prevention. (more)

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