Reingold to join committee that advises federal government on vaccine use

Arthur Reingold MD, professor of epidemiology and associate dean for research at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, was appointed to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) by Secretary Kathleen Sebelius of the Department of Health and Human Services.

A committee under the CDC since 1964, ACIP provides policy recommendations for the use of vaccines in the United States. Members advise the U.S. government on the most appropriate selection of vaccines and related agents for effective control of vaccine-preventable diseases in the civilian population.

Reingold has worked for more than 30 years on prevention and control of infectious diseases at the national level and globally in developing countries. He has national and international experience investigating vaccine-preventable diseases, including meningococcal, pneumococcal, Haemophilus influenzae type b, hepatitis B, smallpox, HIV, and influenza infections. From 2005-2011, Reingold was a member of the WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization, where he developed guidance on evidence-based vaccine recommendations and served as liaison to an ACIP Work Group.

Two other new members were also appointed: Allison Kempe, professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Cynthia Pellegrini (Johnson), senior vice president, Public Policy & Government Affairs, March of Dimes Foundation.

The new members will attend their first ACIP meeting on October 23-24, 2013, and will begin serving on Work Groups in July 2013.

By Linda Anderberg