Nov Meeting

The Task Force For Global Health

Speaker: Mark McKinlay, PhD

Mark McKinlay is Director for the Center for Vaccine Equity (CVE) at the Task Force for Global Health in Decatur, GA. CVE programs include the polio eradication support team, the Polio Antivirals Initiative, the Partnership for Influenza Vaccine Introduction (PIVI), the Global Funders Consortium for Universal Influenza Vaccine Development, the Coalition for Global Hepatitis Elimination, the Safety Platform for Emergency Vaccines (SPEAC), the Brighton Collaboration and Voices for Vaccines. Prior to joining the Task Force, Dr. McKinlay was a member of the Poliovirus Antivirals Initiative (PAI) Steering Team since its founding in 2006. Most recently Mark was co-founder, Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President for Research and Development of TetraLogic Pharmaceuticals based in Malvern, PA from 2004-2012.  At TetraLogic, Mark led the team that discovered and developed a novel, best in class drug targeting the Inhibitors of Apoptotic Proteins for the treatment of cancer (licensed to Medivir).  From 1994-2004, Mark co-founded ViroPharma Incorporated (acquired in 2014 by Shire) and served as Vice President of R&D where he led the development of an antipicornavirus agent that was the first to demonstrate that an antiviral can affect the duration and severity of the rhinovirus common cold.  From 1980-1994 Mark served in varying roles including Senior Director, Virology and Oncopharmacology in the research group at Sterling Drug (acquired by Sanofi) where he discovered a novel class of antipicornavirus agents and advanced three of these agents into clinical trials.  While at Sterling Drug Mark and his team demonstrated that oral delivery of an antipicornavirus agent was effective in treating poliovirus infections in mice.  
Dr. McKinlay received his undergraduate degree from Union College in Schenectady, NY, his master’s and doctoral degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in molecular virology in the Division of Biophysics at The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health.


Polio Antivirals

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2019 Oct: Triumph Through Music

2019 Jun: Healthy Lifestyle Guide

2019 Mar: FODAC tour

Considering a charitable donation to FODAC? Here is how I made the decision to do so. I toured the facility on a Saturday. Up front you will see a ton of equipment ready to be released to people who have requested items. Power chairs, walkers, crutches, rollators, etc. Just this alone shows the actual results of the effort being made there to serve the disabled community. Too really “seal the deal” take a look at the ratings for FODAC by the well respected Charity Navigator recommended by Clark Howard. Here is a link: Charity Navigator

FODAC is highly rated with an overall score of 93.04 with a four out of four star rating. They have held a four star rating since 2015. In a day and age where you can’t always trust how your charity dollars are being used you can surely trust FODAC.


Visiting FODAC facilities with APPA members was an extraordinary experience.  The luncheon, camaraderie and informative presentation left me with a whole new perspective on the FODAC organization  The

group tour through their 65,000 square foot warehouse and well stocked thrift store opened up an awareness of the many useful ways APPA members can benefit from and access to the many types of free medical devices  available.  I was so inspired I started to gather items in my closets and basement to donate to the thrift store that helps fund the day to day operation.  I even learned of the  many drop off locations

in the Metro Atlanta area.


What members said following FODAC tour

2018 May: SCAM ALERT!

2018 Mar: G.L.A.S.S

2018 Jan: Annual Meeting

2017 Christmas Extravaganza!!

2017 Sep: Medicare Update!

2017 Aug A Wholistic Approach to Health and                    Nutrition 

2017 Jun Gwinnett Braves Social Event

2017 Jun What You Need to Know About

Alzheimer's Disease

2017 May A Tribute to Mothers

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