2018 | Lara (UCL) discusses the development of a public engagement platform to foster greater understanding of hepatitis B and the science behind its vaccine. The platform will be centred around an online digital exhibition that will use historical sources and film footage to tell the story behind the hepatitis B vaccine. This is a compelling story because the vaccine not only dramatically reduced the global burden of hepatitis B, it was also the first vaccine to provide prevention against a human cancer. In addition its development transformed the safety and efficacy of vaccines overall.
Engagement with key stakeholder groups including patients, families, practitioners, scientists, advocacy groups and charities lies at the heart of the project. Different groups will be invited to share their experiences and get involved in the development of the digital exhibition and to participate in conversations around its content when it goes live online.