The McMaster Demystifying Medicine Seminar Series is both an undergraduate course (HTS 4DM3) where students create well-researched videos and podcasts to further Knowledge Translation and Communication in the fields of science, technology, and medicine, as well as a collection where faculty and trainees present pathologies, patient diagnoses and therapies of major diseases and current research. This is designed to help increase the understanding of how advances in biology can be applied to diseases and discusses frequently emerging scientific, medical and ethical areas of interest.
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Vaccine hesitancy has been an ongoing issue that has resurfaced heavily in the news due to the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. This video explores the history of vaccine hesitancy and mistrust to showcase that this is not a new issue. It discusses where this hesitancy stems from, dating back to the smallpox epidemic in the 1700s when the first formal vaccination was used, all the way to the infamous 1998 paper where a physician claimed that the MMR vaccine could cause autism. It also addresses sources of mistrust in modern day, including misinformation, predatory journals, the exploitation of minority communities and discrimination. Overall, the video evaluates where vaccine hesitancy comes from, addresses the importance of vaccines in the present day and discusses how open communication is the first step to solving these crises.
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