Director, Brighton Collaboration
Robert Chen, MD
Robert T. Chen, MD, serves as The Task Force’s Brighton Collaboration director and has been a leader in research of the epidemiology of vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases (VPD) at the U.S. CDC for more than 30 years. He helped create the vaccine safety infrastructure needed to meet the “post-modern” challenges of mature immunization programs where adverse events are more prominent than the nearly eliminated target VPDs, including the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) Project, the Clinical Immunization Safety Assessment (CISA) Network, and the Brighton Collaboration.
Dr. Chen received his M.D. (and M.A. in public policy studies) from the University of Chicago. He then trained in internal medicine and preventive medicine, including the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) in 1984. Dr. Chen is an adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the Emory Rollins School of Public Health