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Vaccine Confidence, Fear, and Misinformation in an Age of COVID
A panel exploring the impact of misinformation on vaccination, as well as ways of countering the negative impacts of misinformation in relation to public health.

Panelists: Timothy Caulfield, Dr. Rachelle Viader Knowles, Dr. David Price, and Dr. Theresa Tam.

Moderator: Sean Caulfield

Dec 9, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Sean Caulfield
Professor @University of Alberta
Sean Caulfield was named a Canada Research Chair in Fine Arts from 2000 – 2010, and is a Centennial Professor in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Alberta, living and working in Treaty Six territory. He has exhibited prints, drawings, installations, and artist’s books extensively throughout Canada, the U.S, Europe, and Japan. Recent exhibitions include: Dyscorpia, Enterprise Square Gallery, University of Alberta; The Flood, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton; Firedamp, dc3 Art Projects, Edmonton; The Body in Question(s), UQAM Gallery, Montreal; Perceptions of Promise, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, and Glenbow Museum, Alberta. Caulfield has received numerous national and international grants and awards including from the SSHRC, Canada Council, and Illinois Arts Council. His work is in various collections including Houghton Library, Harvard University, USA; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, England; and Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas, USA.
Timothy Caulfield
Canada Research Chair, Health Law & Policy; Professor, Faculty of of Law and School of Public Health; Research Director @Health Law Institute, University of Alberta
Timothy Caulfield is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, a Professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health, and Research Director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta. His research on stem cells, genetics, research ethics, and public representations of science and public health policy has led to over 350 published academic articles. He has won numerous awards and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He is the author of two national bestsellers: The Cure for Everything: Untangling the Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness and Happiness (Penguin 2012) and Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash (Penguin 2015). His most recent book is Relax, Dammit!: A User’s Guide to the Age of Anxiety (Penguin Random House, 2020). He is also host and co-producer of the TV show, A User’s Guide to Cheating Death, which has been shown in over 60 countries.
Dr. Rachelle Viader Knowles
Head of International for Arts and Humanities @Manchester Metropolitan University
Dr. Rachelle Viader Knowles is an artist, researcher, and educator. She is Head of International for Arts and Humanities at Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK, leading the strategic development of international initiatives and partnerships for education, research, and knowledge exchange. Previously, she held leadership roles at Coventry University in the UK, and the University of Regina in Canada, where she taught intermedia arts practice for twelve years. Her practice-led research investigates translocality, dialogue as art, and artistic practices/methods developed through participation, co-production, and networks. She continues a longstanding collaboration with Armenian artist Mkrtich Tonoyan, Director of the Armenian Art Centre of Social Studies in Yerevan, Armenia. Dr Knowles holds a PhD in Art+Media from Plymouth University in the UK, an MFA in Visual Arts from the University of Windsor in Canada, and a BA (Hons) Interactive Arts from the University of Wales.
Dr. David Price
Professor and Chair @Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University
Dr. David Price is Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University. He has overseen the expansion of the residency program from 34 first-year residents to a current class size of over 100 residents. Through his leadership roles at the University and Hospital, and his involvement with local, regional and provincial government bodies, he has developed expertise in primary care reform and health care policy development. Dr. Price has been instrumental in helping to create the academic Family Health Team at McMaster University, an interprofessional team consisting of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, dieticians, pharmacists, and psychiatrists. The McMaster Family Health Team currently serves over 35,000 patients in the Hamilton area. He was a key player in the development of the David Braley Health Sciences Centre in downtown Hamilton, home for both Family Medicine and Hamilton Public Health.
Dr. Theresa Tam
Chief Public Health Officer of Canada @Public Health Agency of Canada, Government of Canada
As Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam’s expertise and grace under pressure have helped saved countless lives. She has worked to protect and promote the health of Canadians for over two decades. A paediatrician with expertise in immunization, infectious disease, emergency preparedness and global health security, Tam was named Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer in 2017, the first woman to hold the job. In addition to leading the country’s fight in the COVID-19 pandemic, Tam provided national leadership in Canada’s response to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2003 and has served on World Health Organization emergency committees for Ebola, polio and Middle East respiratory syndrome. She is a champion for health equity and a leader in Canada’s efforts to address the ongoing opioid crisis. Tam, a fellow with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, has more than 50 peer-reviewed journal publications.