November 11, 2009
WORK IN PROGRESS SCREENING:
A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT DAVID HAMILTON SMITH
PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY DAVID TAMES AND ALICE APLEY
EDITED BY JEAN DUNOYER
Please join us to view the current cut of the film and to give the filmmakers feedback as they move forward in their editing process.
Wednesday -November 11, 2009
6:30-7:00 – networking
7:00-8:30 – screening of rough cut and discussion
8:30-9pm – neworking
Filmmakers Workshops are held at the new CID space
David Hamilton Smith was a visionary; interested in having a large impact on society; capable of staying focused on the big picture and looking to the future and the next generation. He was a pediatrician and a researcher, but at heart he was interested in applying science to solving societal problems. Eliminating spinal meningitis was the biggest challenge for a pediatric researcher during his early career- many people today are not aware of Hib or what a devastating illness bacterial meningitis once was. David’s greatest contribution (along with his collaborators) was in making this major childhood disease essentially unknown. Before the vaccine, 20,000 children each year were infected with Hib; 5% died of meningitis; 30% were impaired for life with acquired mental retardation, deafness or other neurological impacts as a result of the illness.
But David Hamilton Smith’s story shows us that skill as a scientist is not enough for solving problems…