Health Sciences Building (155 College Street), Room 574
  • December 4, 2019 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Join the Centre for Vaccine Preventable Diseases and special guest Dr. Christopher Rutty who will give a seminar on The Eradication of Smallpox After 40 Years

Christopher J. Rutty, Ph.D., is a professional medical historian with special expertise on the history of public health, infectious diseases and biotechnology in Canada. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto in the Department of History in 1995, with his dissertation on the history of poliomyelitis in Canada. Since completing his Ph.D., Dr. Rutty has provided a wide range of historical research, writing, consulting and creative services to a variety of clients through his company, “Health Heritage Research Services,” including as “Resident Historian” at Sanofi Pasteur Canada’s Connaught Campus site. Dr. Rutty holds an Adjunct Professor appointment in U of T’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, based in the Division of Clinical Public Health, and is also a member of the Centre for Vaccine Preventable Diseases.

He has also curated prominent historical exhibits for the Faculty of Medicine on the discovery of insulin @ MaRS and the historical wall panels in the Medical Sciences Building. He also curated the exhibit panels on the history of DLSPH on the 5th and 6th floors hallway walls and the archival exhibits in the DLSPH Lobby. Among Dr. Rutty’s various historical interests, the history of smallpox and smallpox vaccines has been one he has researched and published extensively on, most recently in an article for the University of Toronto’s Connaught Fund website, “Connaught Labs, Smallpox & Stopping ‘The Speckled Monster,'” which is posted at http://connaught.research.utoronto.ca/history. For more about Dr. Rutty’s background and historical work, see: http://healthheritageresearch.com/clients/docs/profile/Christopher-J-Rutty-BiographicalSummary-20190515.pdf