HPV Forum

A Fresh Perspective: A Dialogue with ProvidersRegarding HPV

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January 18, 2012 from 5:30pm-7:30pm at WFYI
1630 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202

What is the human papillomavirus (HPV)? Is it preventable? What are the HPV related cancers? How safe is the vaccine? Where can I get the vaccine? Why is it important to get the HPV vaccine?

Join us as we exlpore these questions and more. Come with questions and leave with answers. You will gain a fresh perspective on the importance of this issue. This FREE event is open to the public. All are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be provided.

Speakers: HPV Topic Professionals

Dr. Darron Brown, IU School of Medicine Professor
Dr. Brown received his M.D. at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowship in infectious diseases at the same institution. He joined the faculty at Indiana University School of Medicine in 1989, and received the Young Investigator Award in Virology from the Infectious Diseases Society of America in 1990. Dr. Brown is now Professor of Medicine and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology. Dr. Brown’s NIH-funded research focuses on the human papillomavirus (HPV), the causative agent of cervical cancer and other cancers. He has published more than 100 papers on HPV pathogenesis, carcinogenesis, and epidemiology. Dr. Brown received the Tony and Mary Hulman Health Achievement Award in 2007 and the Clinical Excellence Award from the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers of America in 2009 for his work in developing the recently FDA-approved HPV vaccine Gardasil.

Dr. Gregory Zimet, IU School of Medicine Professor and IU Simon Cancer Center Cancer Prevention and Control Program Co-Leader
Dr. Zimet is a clinical psychologist and Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is also on the faculty of the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center. Dr. Zimet has carried out numerous research studies related to HPV vaccination and also has an interest in behavioral/psychosocial issues related to HPV testing. He works with several researchers in multiple disciplines at IU, throughout the U.S., and around the world on HPV-related studies.

Dr. Virginia Caine, Marion County Public Health Department Director
A graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College, in Minnesota, she earned her medical degree at the State University of New York Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse and did a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Cincinnati. She received her Infectious Disease training at the University of Washington, in Seattle.  (Click to read more about Dr. Caine)

Speakers: Local Hoosiers affected by HPV

Kirk Forbes, Kristen Forbes EVE Foundation Founder
In June 2008 Kirk lost his 23 year old daughter Kristen to cervical cancer. This experience led him to create a foundation with the mission to fight cervical cancer and reduce HPV infection levels in Indiana. The Cervical Cancer-Free Indiana Initiative is the focus of his foundation.

Heather Banks, Elementary School Teacher and Cancer Survivor
Heather is a mother, wife, teacher, and among other things; a cervical cancer survivor.  She teaches 3rd grade at Towne Meadow Elementary in Carmel, and spends the rest of her time with her husband Tarrey and her two kids Lily (6) and Sammy (3).  At the age of 32, Heather was diagnosed with cervical cancer.  Thankful for early detection, aggressive treatments and wonderful doctors, she is cancer free as she continues to be a mother, wife, teacher, cancer survivor, and advocate for women’s health.


Sponsoring Organizations:
Indiana Immunization Coalition, Inc., Indiana State Department of Health Breast and Cervical Cancer Program, Kristen Forbes EVE Foundation, Little Red Door Cancer Agency, and National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health

For More information please contact Sarah Strawbridge, Executive Director, Indiana Immunization Coalition at 317-628-7116 or director@vaccinateindiana.org

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