April 5, 2016 |Prominent vaccine advocate acknowledges value of Project Tycho®

Paul OffitOn March 30, 2016, Dr. Paul Offit, a well-known vaccine advocate, author and virologist, accepted the 2016 Porter Prize award at the University of Pittsburgh and acknowledged the importance of the Project Tycho® database and research program.

The Porter Prize is awarded in recognition of an individual's exceptional performance in health promotion and disease prevention. Paul Offit, MD, is the director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and a professor of pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Offit is also the co-inventor of the rotavirus vaccine, RotaTeq. At the award ceremony on March 30, his keynote speech titled "Unvaccinated: The Strange History of Vaccine Exemptions" focused on the great benefits of vaccination programs and the dangers of vaccine refusal to the health of children in the US.

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