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September 10, 2018

Daniel Salmon Appointed Director of Johns Hopkins Institute for Vaccine Safety

Daniel SalmonDaniel Salmon, PhD ’03, MPH, has been named the next director of the Institute for Vaccine Safety based in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Salmon takes over from Neal Halsey, MD, who founded the Institute in 1997.

Salmon, a professor of International Health at the Bloomberg School, has served as deputy director of the Institute since 2012. During his tenure, he led the expansion of the Institute’s website, a trusted resource for parents and professionals across the world. The site offers information on associations between potential adverse events and routine immunization in the United States. In addition to summarizing the scientific literature and providing causality assessments, the site links to supplemental information about specific adverse events. 

Before joining the Institute, Salmon was the Director of Vaccine Safety in the National Vaccine Program Office at the US Department of Health and Human Services. As director, he coordinated, evaluated and provided leadership for federal vaccine safety programs. During the 2009-10 H1N1 influenza pandemic, he oversaw the federal vaccine safety monitoring program—the most comprehensive vaccine safety monitoring effort in US history.

“Dan's experience in government and academia is a great resource for the Institute, the faculty, the students, and the general public," says David Peters, MD, DrPH, MPH, Edgar Berman Professor and Chair of the Department of International Health at the Bloomberg School. "His leadership will help the Institute continue its exemplary work in this sensitive and important field."

Salmon's work focuses on optimizing the prevention of childhood infectious diseases through the use of vaccines. He currently studies issues around post-licensure vaccine safety and the factors associated with parental decisions to vaccinate, or not vaccinate, their children. This work fits nicely with the Institute’s mission to provide an independent assessment of vaccines and vaccine safety to help guide decision makers and educate physicians, the public and the media about key issues surrounding the safety of vaccines.

Learn more about the Institute for Vaccine Safety here.