5 speakers 15 minutes each

Meredith Wadman

The Vaccine Race

Meredith Wadman MD has a long profile as a medical reporter and has covered biomedical research politics from Washington, DC, for 20 years. She is a reporter at Science and has written for Nature, Fortune, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. A graduate of Stanford University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, she began medical school at the University of British Columbia and completed medical school as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford. She is an Editorial Fellow at New America, a DC think-tank.

Her gripping book, The Vaccine Race: Science, Politics and the Human Costs of Defeating Disease, tells the tale of WI-38, a fascinating cell line with a colorful and controversial history and a huge public health impact. It was named a Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2017. It was also longlisted for the 2018 Wellcome Book Prize and the Andrew Carnegie 2018 Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. The Guardian named it the second-best science book of 2017.