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American Public Health Association (APHA) Executive Director Citation, New Orleans

Salk, Jonas. "Poliomyelitis Vaccine in the Fall of 1955." American Journal of Public Health 46 (1), 1956: 1–14.
Salk, Jonas. “Poliomyelitis Vaccine in the Fall of 1955.” American Journal of Public Health 46 (1), 1956: 1–14.

The American Public Health Association (APHA) is honoring Dr. Jonas Salk posthumously during the centenary year of his birth today at the APHA 142nd Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans.

Peter Salk speaks at the 2014 CCNY centenary symposium. Image courtesy of CCNY.
Peter Salk speaks at the 2014 CCNY centenary symposium. Image courtesy of CCNY.

Georges C. Benjamin, M.D., APHA Executive Director, will present the Executive Director Citation to Peter L. Salk, M.D. following a screening of the trailer for The Shot ‘Felt Round the World. You can follow the event on twitter at #APHA14@PublicHealth and @APHAAnnualMtg.

Jonas Salk became an APHA Fellow in 1949, and published several seminal articles in The American Journal of Public Health, which is APHA’s house journal. In honor of today’s award, we’ll take a closer look at these publications, which span Jonas Salk’s early work on influenza with Tommy Francis as well as the development and use of the polio vaccine.

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The Salk Institute

The Salk Institute—Jonas Salk 100th Birthday Global Health Symposium: Viruses, Vaccines and Pandemics

Jonas Salk at the Spring equinox, 1988
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The Salk Institute is hosting the Jonas Salk 100th Birthday Global Health Symposium this Thursday.

Take a look at the impressive lineup here, and visit the Salk’s Salk 100 page for historic photos and videos. William Brody, president of the Salk Institute, will open the event, and Inder Verma, professor at Salk,  will introduce the speakers.

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Friday November 7th Film Screening, La Jolla, CA

Trailer from Steeltown Entertainment Project on Vimeo.

In November 2014, JSLF is participating in two centenary–related events in San Diego, the first of which is a film screening of Steeltown Entertainment‘s “The Shot Felt ‘Round the World” hosted by the Union Tribune at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Registration is free, and guests will receive copies of the Smithsonian Channel’s revised version of the film, “A Shot to Save the World,” which they have courteously donated.

Following the film screening, there will be a panel discussion including JSLF’s president Peter Salk, The Scripps Research Institute’s Charles Cochrane, and The Salk Institute’s Geoffrey Wahl.

To register, please visit the Union Tribune’s registration page. The screening will occur on Friday, November 7 from 6 to 8 PM at 700 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA.

UPDATE (Thurs Nov 6th): We’re told there have been at least 400 RSVPs for this event. Hope to see you there!

Image credit: the featured image of Jonas Salk in his study at the Salk Institute is used courtesy of the Salk Institute.

Salk Centenary

Google Doodle Salk
Google Doodle for Salk’s 100th birthday on October 28, 2014,  courtesy of

We’re  back from New York and Pittsburgh, where JSLF has just celebrated a wave of Centenary events hosted at CCNY, NYU, and the University of Pittsburgh surrounding World Polio Day and Jonas Salk’s 100th birthday on October 28th, 2014.

We will be updating this blog to keep our readers and participants current on centenary events and JSLF’s work. We will share media galleries, slides, and news from events as they become available. (See the Galleries menu for preliminary photos from CCNY).

Thanks to all of our participants and collaborators for making the start of the centenary year a rousing success, and please be in touch with us directly at for any followup.