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Paul Kinchington, PhD, and Gaurav Prakash, MD, FRCS, discuss the effects and complications of shingles.

Educational Objectives 

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize current methods to understand VZV latency and reactivation
  • Recognize the pain complications of shingles (zoster) and the animal models and methods used to study it
  • Recognize the difficulty of working with VZV in research
  • Explain the timeline of Shingles
  • Explain the role of vaccination in Shingles
  • Implement awareness on the risk factors for Shingles


Dr. Prakash has reported no relevant relationships with entities producing health care goods or services.
Dr. Kinchington has financial interests with the following entity or entities producing health care goods or services as indicated below:

Consultant: Merck Sharpe and Dome

All presenters' disclosures of relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services used on or consumed by patients is listed above. No other planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers, and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The University of Pittsburgh designates enduring material activity for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit[s]™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

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Release Date: 6/08/2021 | Last Modified On: 6/08/2021 | Expires: 6/08/2022

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