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Bernard Guyer, MD, Lecture Series

Special Public Health Grand Rounds: 10th annual Bernard Guyer Lecture

Noon to 1 p.m., Friday, October 15 

abigail headshotKeynote Speaker: Abigail Zuger, M.D.

Topic: Public Health at the Bathroom Sink: Home Testing for Contagious Disease

Abigail Zuger, M.D., is an infectious disease expert and retired associate clinical professor of Medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She was also a senior attending physician at Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai Morningside Hospitals. Zuger has been a medical columnist and journalist for the New York Times and writer for the New England Journal of Medicine Journal Watch's Infectious Disease and General Medicine specialties.

In 1987, the first home testing kit for HIV in the U.S. was summarily rejected from consideration by the Food and Drug Administration even before a formal application was submitted. A full 25 years later, the FDA finally allowed a complete over-the-counter HIV test to be sold to the general public. Fortune Magazine called the long delay "a quiet scandal," envisioning thousands of lives that might have been saved had the decision only come sooner..That home HIV test was the first proposed home test for a contagious illness in the country; now we have many others with similar potential to influence community-wide patterns of infection. 

In this talk, Dr. Zuger reviewed the long and complicated history of home HIV testing and its lessons for current approaches to the home diagnosis of infectious diseases.

Couldn't join us? Watch Dr. Zuger's full presentation.

Questions? Email or call (585) 602-0801.

Acknowledgement: This lecture is endowed by Brewster C. Doust, MD, and is presented in partnership with the Center for Community Health & Prevention, UR Clinical & Translational Science Institute and the Departments of Medicine, Public Health Sciences and Pediatrics.

ACCREDITATION - The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CERTIFICATION - The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Past Lectures

2019 lecture: Isabel V. Sawhill, Ph.D. Dr. Sawhill is a senior fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, working in the Center on Children and Families and on the Future of the Middle Class Initiative. Dr. Sawhill’s research spans a wide array of economic and social issues, including unplanned pregnancy, fiscal policy, economic growth, poverty, social mobility and inequality. Dr. Sawhill authored Generation Unbound: Drifting into Sex and Parenting without Marriage. Her latest book is The Forgotten Americans: An Economic Agenda for a Divided Nation, published by Yale University Press in 2018. A video recording of Dr. Sawhill's presentation "Unplanned Pregnancy and It's Impact on Poverty" is available.

2018 lecture: F. Marc LeForce, M.D. Dr. LaForce served as the Physician-in-Chief at The Genesee Hospital in Rochester from 1987 to 1999. Following his time in Rochester, Dr. LaForce oversaw all aspects of the USAID-funded Child Survival Project. From 2001-2012, he directed the Meningitis Vaccine Project, a partnership between the World Health Organization and PATH that developed, tested, licensed, and in 2010, introduced a new and affordable Group A meningococcal conjugate vaccine in Sub-Saharan Africa. This vaccine has eliminated Group A meningococcal infections wherever it has been introduced and as of December 2017, over 280 million Africans have received the vaccine. A video recording of Dr. LeForce's lecture "A Vaccine Meets a Strategy: Eliminating Epidemic Meningitis from Sub-Saharan Africa" is available, as well as her 2018 slide presentation

2017 lecture: Jeffrey F. Peipert, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Peipert is the Clarence E. Ehrlich Professor and Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Indiana University School of Medicine. He was the Principal Investigator of a large prospective study, the Contraceptive CHOICE Project, which recruited 9,256 women and successfully followed them for 2-3 years for contraceptive effectiveness, satisfaction, and continuation rates. Other studies conducted by Dr. Peipert include: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development-funded randomized trial of a computer-based intervention to encourage dual method contraceptive use to prevent unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, and a randomized trial of therapy for pelvic inflammatory disease (PEACH Study). Dr. Peipert’s research interests are family planning, sexually transmitted infection prevention, and public health. Watch the recording of Dr. Peipert's talk, "The Importance of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception."

2016 lecture: Dr. Anne Schuchat.  Dr. Schuchat has been Principal Deputy Director for CDC since September 2015. Globally, Dr. Schuchat has worked in West Africa on meningitis, pneumonia, and Ebola vaccine trials, in South Africa on surveillance and prevention projects, and in China on Beijing’s SARS emergency response. She has authored or co-authored more than 230 scientific articles, book chapters, and reviews. In her talk, "Public Health Metamorphosis: On The Road To Butterfly" Dr. Schuchat looked backward to review how public health and CDC have grappled with issues ranging from pandemic threats to prevention policies. She then looked ahead to consider how to more fully realize our full potential. A video recording of Dr. Schuchat's talk is now available, as well as her 2016 slide presentation.

2015 lecture: Anthony B. Iton, M.D., J.D., M.P.H. Dr. Iton is Senior Vice President of Healthy Communities at The California Endowment, the state’s largest, private health foundation.  His primary focus is on the foundation’s 10-year Building Healthy Communities: California Living 2.0 initiative; the goal of which is to create communities where children are healthy, safe and ready to learn. Published in numerous public health and medical publications, Iton is a regular public health lecturer and keynote speaker at conferences across the nation. He earned his B.S. in Neurophysiology, with honors, from McGill University, his J.D. at the University of California, Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law, and his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. A video recording of this lecture is now available, as well as the 2015 slide presentation.

2014 lecture: Patricia O'Campo, Ph.D., a social epidemiologist and researcher who has been working with inner city communities for over 20 years, conducting research on the social determinants of health. A video recording of the lecture is available to view: Tackling Worldwide Health Inequities: Is the Evidence Failing Us?

Dr. Bernard Guyer

Bernard Guyer, M.D., M.P.H.

Bernard Guyer, M.D., M.P.H. is the Zanvyl Kreiger Professor of Children’s Health in the Department of Population, Reproductive and Family Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. A physician trained in both preventive medicine and pediatrics, Dr. Guyer served for seven years as director of the state MCH program in Massachusetts and five years as a CDC medical epidemiologist with national and international service. He has chaired or been a member of both state and national committees on childhood injury prevention, outreach for prenatal care, infant mortality, and Medicaid.

This lecture is endowed by Brewster C. Doust, M.D., a University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry graduate, in honor of Dr. Guyer’s significant contributions to research in understanding the early origins of disease processes and the life course consequences. It is presented in partnership with the URMC Center for Community Health & Prevention and the Departments of Medicine, Public Health Sciences, and Pediatrics