September 5, 2018

One Health
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From Farm to Arm:
One Health and Vaccines for High Consequence Pathogens


Dr. Casey Barton Behravesh

Director, 'One Health' Office
CDC National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID)

Dr. Jennifer McQuiston

Deputy Director
NCEZID Division of High Consequences Pathogens and Pathology (DHCPP)

Dr. Ryan Wallace

Veterinary Medical Officer
DHCPP Poxvirus and Rabies Branch

Dr. Maria Negron

Veterinary Medical Officer
DHCPP Bacterial Special Pathogens Branch

Clubhouse Location:
WHSCAB Plaza & Auditorium
6:00pm — wine, cheese, networking
6:30pm — meeting convenes
7:45pm — casual buffet dinner, more networking


As hard as it is to believe, summer 2018 is practically history and the first meeting of the 2017-2018 Vaccine Dinner Club (VDC) season is practically on top of us!

So here's your end-of-summer to-do list:

  1. Put your whites shoes away for the winter
  2. Donate your spare neoprene to make swim floaties for disabled Leafy sea dragons
  3. Check out Colin Nissan's "Tick Check" article in the New Yorker in which he asserts that checking yourself for ticks after going outside may be the only way to see what your body looks like covered in ticks
  4. Register NOW for the 2018-2019 VDC season opener
  5. Forward this message to new colleagues / ESI officers / post-docs / students / friends / neighbors / anyone else who moved to our region over the summer and might be interested in the VDC

Dear Current (and Future) Vacciners,
This season the VDC is 20 years old; in fact we turn 21 next January, at which point the Club will finally be able to drive, drink, and vote in all 50 states. So let's get together and celebrate two decades of Hot Food and Cool Science by learning new things about … anthrax, rabies, brucellosis, and other bugs that are unusually adept at creating mortality, misery, and mayhem for one and all. Good times!!

To prep for that, try this multiple choice test:

"One Health" is:

  1. WAY better than "Two Health"
  2. What former Peace Corps volunteers quietly mutter to each other while surreptitiously performing the secret handshake
  3. An acknowledgement that even though humans drive better cars than other animals do (although even that is debatable), humans and non-humans have a lot in common – for example we share entirely too many of the same germs -- and would all benefit from a collaborative human-veterinary medical approach to misery-, mayhem-, and mortality- mitigation. Starting with vaccines.

High Consequence Pathogens:

  1. Belong to the 1% and split their time between the Hamptons, Cabo San Lucas, and Vis, Croatia
  2. Is a gated-community halfway between Elephant Butte and Truth or Consequences, New Mexico
  3. Include highly lethal viral, bacterial, prion, and related infectious and diseases of unknown origin

The Vaccine Dinner Club:

  1. Is a 3,200+ member organization that exists to facilitate networking, dialogue, and collaboration between researchers, clinicians, policy makers, and historian/journalists who are interested in vaccine need, history, policy, discovery, development, testing, deployment, use, and/or evaluation.
  2. Has two missions: To advance the practice of vaccine science by stimulating the intellectual and research productivity of the vaccine research community in the Southeast and to have a really good time at our monthly meetings
  3. Is THE place for inquiring minds to be on the first Wednesday evening (usually) of every month during the academic year
  4. All of the above

Answer key: C, C, D

Which is not only "CDC" – home of our September meeting panelists – spelled sideways, it is also a subliminal prompt urging you to check out an opportunity to exercise the other side of your brain on Friday nights this year by dancing with the Chattahoochee Contra Dancers (CCD) at the Decatur Recreation Center. Neither partner nor previous experience required.

Register Now.

Hope to see you and your guests for Dinner at the Club on September 5th,
- Kimbi Hagen
VDC Director/Goddess