April 20, 2021

Gil Omenn Moderates "Building Vaccine Confidence" Forum

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) hosted a forum titled “Building Vaccine Confidence: Best Practices to Combat Misinformation and Vaccine Hesitancy in COVID-19 Vaccines” on April 14. This session took place during Week 1 of the AACR Annual Meeting 2021.  

Participants in this timely and essential forum included:

  • Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, Director, National Institutes of Health
  • Grace Cordovano, PhD, BCPA, CEO, Enlightening Results, LLC
  • Lee Greenberger, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Mary Gullatte, PhD, RNANP-BC, AOCN, Corporate Director of Nursing Innovation and Research, Emory Healthcare Inc.
  • Liz Hamel, Vice President and Director of Public Opinion and Survey Research, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Lisa C. Richardson, MD, MPH, Director, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • E. John Wherry, PhD, Chair, Department of Systems Pharmacology and Translational Therapeutics; Richard and Barbara Schiffrin President's Distinguished Professor; and Director, Institute for Immunology, University of Pennsylvania

Antoni Ribas, MD, PhD, FAACR, Immediate Past President of the AACR, and Gilbert S. Omenn, MD, PhD, Chair of the AACR’s Health Policy Subcommittee, moderated the forum.
Participants discussed the scientific evidence that demonstrates the safety and benefit of the COVID-19 vaccines, including how decades of basic research enabled the rapid development of these lifesaving vaccines; provided the latest information regarding the public’s views and willingness to get one of the COVID-19 vaccines; talked about the strategies that are being used to overcome misinformation and build trust in the vaccines; and addressed the concerns and answered the questions that patients with cancer have about the vaccines.

Gilbert S Omenn, M.D., Ph.D.

Gilbert S. Omenn, M.D., Ph.D.

Harold T. Shapiro Distinguished University Professor
Director, Center for Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics
Professor of Computational Medicine & Bioinformatics
Professor of Molecular Medicine & Genetics
Professor of Human Genetics
Professor of Public Health, School of Public Health