Dr. Natasha Crowcroft is the director of the Centre for Vaccine Preventable Diseases, University of Toronto; professor in Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health; senior fellow, Massey College, University of Toronto; and adjunct scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). A physician with a doctorate degree who trained in medicine and public health at the Universities of Cambridge and London, UK, and in the field of epidemiology through the European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training in Belgium, Dr. Crowcroft has more than 25 years of experience in public health, including over a decade in Canada. Dr. Crowcroft’s research aims to maximize the public health benefits of immunization. She has published more than 250 scientific papers and provides expertise for national and international authorities including the World Health Organization (WHO).
Natasha S. Crowcroft, MD, MS, MRCP Presentations
June 19, 2020 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
A number of factors including a decline in vaccination in some populations has led to resurgence of measles in the US and globally. This session will review key precipitating factors and response tactics including an examination of the recent New York City outbreak.
June 19, 2020 at 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Widespread vaccination efforts have led to the elimination of infectious diseases such as polio and measles in certain regions. However, eradication requires sustained and adaptable efforts to interrupt transmission in all populations and ensure pathogens are not reintroduced. To date, only one infectious disease that affects humans has been eradicated—smallpox. This session will explore various strategies used to control vaccine-preventable diseases, with the goal of elimination and, ultimately, eradication.