John Treanor, M.D.
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John Treanor is a widely recognized expert in influenza and vaccine research who has helped lead the nation’s response to several infectious threats, including flu, bird flu, anthrax and smallpox. His expertise includes vaccine evaluation and safety, methods to boost the effectiveness of vaccines, new flu vaccine strategies, and an encyclopedic knowledge of how the current flu vaccine is designed and manufactured.
Treanor is a founder of the New York Influenza Center of Excellence, part of a network of centers established by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to protect people against seasonal flu and future flu pandemics. He has led investigations demonstrating the promise of a new type of flu vaccine that could save the nation crucial months in producing vast amounts of flu vaccine on short notice. A few years ago, in the face of a flu vaccine shortage, he led a critical study that resulted in an additional source of vaccine, helping to avert a shortage.
Treanor has helped lead the international effort against bird flu, one of the most feared infectious diseases to come along in decades. Treanor led the first pivotal study to show that large doses of a vaccine are safe and effective at protecting people against the disease. Largely as a result of his work, a vaccine to prevent the disease is now approved and available.
As a former member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, Treanor has helped steer the nation’s broad policies on dozens of issues regarding immunizations. Shortly after the 9/11 tragedy in 2001, he led a landmark study that showed that the supply of smallpox vaccine could be stretched, in case it became necessary to resurrect that vaccine in the face of a bioterror threat. He has studied a myriad of other infectious threats as well, including malaria, whooping cough, pneumonia, and the common cold.