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UNB alumnus presents Steve Jobs vs the Measles

Author: Communications

Posted on Nov 26, 2015

Category: UNB Fredericton , In the Media , myUNB

University of New Brunswick (UNB) alumnus, Kumanan Wilson will present a lunch and learn session, entitled “Steve Jobs vs the Measles: The Transformative Impact of Mobile Technologies on Public Health”, Friday, Nov. 27 at noon in the Chancellor’s Room of the Wu Conference Centre.

Dr. Wilson is a senior scientist in the clinical epidemiology program at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and a professor of medicine at University of Ottawa. He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 and has authored nearly 200 peer reviewed journal articles.

In “Steve Jobs vs the Measles”, Dr. Wilson will discuss his experience creating and promoting ImmunizeCA, a free app designed to improve Canadians’ vaccine record-keeping and access to accurate immunization information. The app alerts users when they’re due for their immunizations, provides location-based health alerts and information about vaccines.

“It’s great for parents who have to keep track of a number of vaccination schedules and appointments for their children,” said Dr. Wilson. “Parents can have all this information right at their fingertips on their phones. The app also provides useful information about travel vaccines and reminders of tetanus shots.” 

ImmunizeCA was inspired by a conversation between Dr. Wilson and UNB alumna Lesley Keenan and was a product of the collaboration of the Canadian Public Health Association, Immunize Canada and the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.

All are welcome to attend. For more information, please contact Susan Montague