Jan Bonhoeffer, MD, PhD

Vice-Chair, Paediatric Infectious Diseases & Vaccines, University of Basel Children’s Hospital, Switzerland

President, Brighton Collaboration Foundation, Basel, Switzerland

For 17 years, I led the Brighton Collaboration Foundation, an international not-for profit organization harmonizing, conducting, and promoting high quality vaccine safety research. Brighton Collaboration guidelines and vaccine safety standards are now widely accepted and recommended by key stakeholder organizations including the World Health Organization (WHO), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), European Medicines Agency (EMA), Centers of Disease Control (CDC), European Center of Disease Control (ECDC).

As past Strategic Advisory Group Member of the WHO Global Vaccine Safety Initiative (GVSI) I helped implementing the vaccine safety strategy of the Global Vaccine Action Plan. At the University of Basel, I teach pediatrics, infectious diseases & vaccines and I care for patients in hospital and outpatient clinics.

My mission is to provide high quality scientific evidence through collaborative efforts for trusted and timely public and private decision making related to immunizations. From both direct care of patients and public health work I learned that vaccine safety is a real patient safety concern. At this Summit, I propose to build a bridge between the rapidly growing fields of vaccine safety and patient safety and to explore the numerous synergies together.