To educate the American people about the free exchange of scientific ideas and the proper relationship between freedom and science in the pursuit of truth.
The Academy for Science and Freedom will be a collaboration between Hillsdale College and three leading scientists: Dr. Martin Kulldorff, Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, and Dr. Scott W. Atlas.
Scott W. Atlas, M.D., is the Robert Wesson Senior Fellow in health care policy at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University and a fellow at Hillsdale College's Academy for Science and Freedom. Dr. Atlas investigates the impact of government and the private sector on access, quality, and pricing in health care, global trends in health care innovation, and key economic issues related to the future of technology-based medical advances. From July to December 2020, he served as a special advisor to the president and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Before his appointment at Hoover Institution, he was professor and chief of neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center for 14 years. His publications and interviews have appeared worldwide. Dr. Atlas is the author of numerous books, most recently “A Plague Upon Our House: My Fight at the Trump White House to Stop COVID from Destroying America” (Post Hill Press).
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Jay Bhattacharya, M.D., Ph.D., is a professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine in the Department of Health Policy (formerly in the Department of Medicine) and a fellow at Hillsdale College’s Academy for Science and Freedom. He also directs the Center for Economics and Demography of Health and Aging at Stanford University. Dr. Bhattacharya’s research currently focuses on the epidemiology of COVID-19, including the lethality of COVID-19 infection and effects of lockdown policies. He is the coauthor of the Great Barrington Declaration, which outlines a return to traditional public health principles for managing pandemics. Over his career, Dr. Bhattacharya has published over 150 articles in top peer-reviewed scientific journals in medicine, economics, health policy, epidemiology, statistics, law, and public health, infectious disease epidemiology, and pediatrics, among other fields. Dr. Bhattacharya is the author of a top-selling textbook, “Health Economics,” which is used to teach undergraduate and graduate students worldwide.
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Martin Kulldorff, Ph.D., is a biostatistician and epidemiologist and a professor of medicine at Harvard University (on leave). He is senior scholar at the Brownstone Institute and a fellow at Hillsdale College’s Academy for Science and Freedom. His research centers on developing and applying new disease surveillance methods for post-market drug and vaccine safety surveillance and for the early detection and monitoring of infectious disease outbreaks. Dr. Kulldorff has developed new sequential statistical methods for near real-time post-market drug and vaccine safety surveillance, where the purpose is to use weekly or other frequent data feeds to find potential safety problems as soon as possible. He has also developed tree-based scan statistic data mining methods for post-market drug and vaccine safety surveillance. He is the coauthor of the Great Barrington Declaration, which outlines a return to traditional public health principles for managing pandemics.
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