Health Department’s Office of AIDS Surveillance. Dr. Thomas received her medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine in 1977 and completed her residency in pediatrics at Strong Memorial Hospital of the University of Rochester, New York. Following residency she worked 2 years with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an epidemic intelligence service officer.

Leslie P. Weiner, M.D., is professor of neurology and molecular microbiology and immunology and holds the Richard Angus Grant, Sr., Chair in Neurology at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC). Dr. Weiner earned his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati and completed his neurology residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. At Johns Hopkins, he also pursued a fellowship in neurology and epidemiology, focusing on viruses of the nervous system. He then completed a fellowship at the National Institutes of Health Laboratory of Slow Virus Infections. Dr. Weiner served as chair of the USC Department of Neurology for 25 years and he remains a practicing neurologist. Dr. Weiner’s research interests include a human T cell vaccine for the treatment of secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (MS), gene therapy for MS, molecular mimicry, and, more recently, neural stem cells. He has written more than 200 papers and has received numerous honors. He served as an expert witness for a federal judge in cases regarding adverse effects of the swine flu vaccine in the 1970s.



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