Fusion Talk

January 30 


*Virtual event: Registration required (see below)

Who Goes First?

Covid-19 & the Vaccine

-Ed Bednarczyk, PharmD

-John Crane, MD, PhD

-Reverand Julian Cook



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Panel Discussion with speakers

Questions & Responses

Wrap Up & Conclusion

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Ed Bednarczyk, PharmD
John Crane, MD, PhD 
Rev. Julian Cook, Director, Houghton College Buffalo East Side; Advisor for Inclusive Excellence - Mosaic Multicultural Center

As the world waits for the COVID-19 vaccine, there are a flood of questions. Who will the vaccine be available to first? Was it ethically developed? Is it safe? Will it end COVID-19? Can we trust the information?

Come hear Ed Bednarczyk, PharmD, John Crane, MD, PhD, and Rev. Julian Cook respond to these and many other questions related to the vaccine from a Christian worldview.

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Ed Bednarczyk is an expert in pharmacy practice who serves as Director at the Center for Health Outcomes, Pharmacoinformatics and Epidemiology. His research is largely focused on the use of molecular imaging to explore drug effects, with his clinical responsibilities divided between nuclear medicine and neurology. He was recently elected to the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Board of Trustees as president of the APhA Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science for the 2018-2019 term. 

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John Crane, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of both Microbiology & Immunology and of Pharmacology & Toxicology at the University at Buffalo. Beyond teaching, Dr. Crane cares for patients who are hospitalized at Erie County Medical Center where he serves as the hospital epidemiologist addressing infection control. He also conducts laboratory research on diarrhea-producing strains of E. coli bacteria. This year, his research focus has been on COVID-19 where he participated in a clinical trial of Sarilumab for COVID-19. Sarilumab is a monoclonal Ab against the Interleukin -6 Receptor. Dr. Crane has been a member of CMDA since 1978.


Rev. Julian Cook, a Chicago native, currently serves as Director of the Houghton College Bethel program in Buffalo, NY – an Associate of Arts degree program providing underserved students a low-cost, high-quality college education that promotes the intellectual, moral and spiritual development of a cadre of emerging leaders who are academically excellent and spiritually rooted, locally connected and globally minded, socially aware and courageously creative. In addition to serving as the proud Senior Pastor of Buffalo’s historic Macedonia Baptist Church, he is also a Ph.D. student in Religion and Social Ethics at Drew University. Cook is unfathomably privileged to be the husband of Mrs. Sirgourney Cook, a gifted opera singer and educator. They reside in Buffalo, NY.

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