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Valley Fever Seminar Series: David Filip

April 23, 2014 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Valley Fever Seminar Series presents:

David Filip

Co-Founder of Valley Fever Survivor


"Public and Medical Misinformation on Valley Fever"

Anyone who treats patients with Valley Fever or shares public health information should have a singular goal: To provide accurate information the listener will benefit from and act on. According to Mr. Filip, some of the "conventional wisdom" frequently reported in the study of coccidioidomycosis is based on flimsy evidence and sometimes no evidence at all. He asserts that authoritative peer-reviewed studies have corrected some misleading and erroneous statements, but many government agencies, medical professionals, and reporters unknowingly perpetuate falsehoods that hurt the people we want to protect.

A discussion of research from medical journals and shocking statements made by professionals to the media will enlighten and inform Valley Fever researchers and advocates. Studying mistakes can help health professionals avoid them and lead to a better understanding of the facts. This will uncover a side to the Valley Fever problem that many professionals intimately familiar with the topic have never seen before.


Mr. Filip's opinions do not necessarily reflect the views of researchers at UC Merced.


David Filip is the passionate author of Valley Fever Epidemic, a book endorsed by leading Valley Fever medical doctors and vaccine research professionals. He has been interviewed on Voice of America, BBC, the New York Times, PBS, Animal Planet, and other television and radio broadcasts.

As a co-founder of Valley Fever Survivor he has organized petitions, fundraising programs, awareness campaigns, and the formation of support groups. His extensive research makes the only comprehensive and up-to-date web site available on this disease for the general public.


David has a BA in Communications from the University of Washington and is the author of several non-fiction books.



This presentation is a teleconference in SSM 366.


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SSM 366 (Yosemite Falls Conference Room)

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