Betty Dodet, Pharm D, PhD is Director of the scientific communication consultancy, Dodet Bioscience (DBS), which specialises in biology, biotechnology and public health.
Betty Dodet qualified in pharmacy at the Université Lyon I, France in 1969. After work as a pharmacist, she joined the Lyon-based International Agency for Research in Cancer (IARC), from 1975 to 1990, collaborating in the Departments of Epidemiology, Chemical Carcinogenesis, Monographs and Publications. During this period, postgraduate studies in genetics, immunology and cancerology led to a PhD in experimental cancerology.
From 1985 to 1995, Betty worked as a freelance journalist focusing on biotechnological and health sciences, and collaborated with various French and English publications. She was the author of several reviews covering new developments in biology and their application, as well as ethical, societal and economic aspects of science. She also worked as a translator and science editor.
From 1995 to 2004, she was Scientific Director of the Fondation Mérieux where she was responsible for the organisation of symposia and training courses in the fields of infectious diseases, vaccinology and public health, and for scientific publications in the same fields. In 2000, with professors Stanly Plotkin and Paul-Henri Lambert, she initiated the Advanced Vaccinology Course (ADVAC) which annually brings together the foremost, international experts in vaccinology. She has organised over 50 international conferences on transmissible diseases, vaccinology, biology and ethics.
At the beginning of 2004, she created her consulting company, Dodet Bioscience, specialised in scientific communication and scientific intelligence (elaboration of communication strategies, organisation and facilitation of workshops, coordination of networks, and the writing and editing of articles, documents and reports).
Her work has led to collaboration with major research bodies of the private and public sector in France and abroad, and international organisations in the fields of scientific communication, public health, infectious diseases and vaccinology.
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