806. Meet-the-Professor: Preventing Varicella Virus Infections: A Fresh Look at Zoster and Varicella Vaccines in Clinical Practice
Session: Meet-the-Professor Session: Preventing Varicella-Zoster Virus Infections: A Fresh Look at Zoster and Varicella Vaccines in Clinical Practice
Saturday, October 22, 2011: 7:30 AM
Room: 156ABC
Topics to be discussed include the latest information on control of latency of varicella-zoster virus (VZV), diagnosis, pathogenesis of herpes zoster and its complications, use and effects of the current vaccines against varicella and herpes zoster, and the projected future use of these vaccines.

Anne Gershon, MD, FIDSA, Columbia University College Physicians, New York, NY

Anne A. Gershon, M.D.
Dr. Anne Gershon is Director of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease and Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Her research has included epidemiology, diagnosis, immunology, latency, prevention, and treatment of varicella and zoster. Her studies with varicella vaccine which examined the safety and efficacy of the vaccine in leukemic children and adults were crucial to its licensure; the vaccine is now recommended for all healthy children in the United States. She is continuing to study the safety and efficacy of varicella vaccine in the “vaccine era”. She has also focused on HIV infection in children, particularly with regard to opportunistic infections. She has had research funding from NIH to study the growth and pathogenesis of VZV in cell culture, and latency of VZV in humans and animal models. Dr. Gershon has served on the Committee on Infectious Diseases of the American Academy of Pediatrics ("Red Book" Committee) and the Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the CDC. She was a member of the CDC’s Working Group for varicella vaccine and played a major role in recommending a second routine dose of the vaccine for all children. She was a member of the Councils of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society. She was President of IDSA for 2008-9. She is the author of over 250 publications and has edited 8 books. She is a former member of a March of Dimes Research Committee Study Section.

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