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ReFlections Volume 51, September 2020

  • Dr. Georgiana Willwerth-Pascutiu
  • Hilary Henly
  • Dr. Karneen Tam
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In Brief
Evaluate the complex topics of cannabis, e-cigarettes, and herd immunity.

It is during such times as these that we continue to see the value and benefit the insurance industry provides to policyholders and their families. In this final edition of ReFlections for 2020, we bring you articles written by three experienced and authoritative RGA subject matter experts. Dr. Georgiana Willwerth-Pascutiu, Vice President, Global Medical Director, walks us through the complex topic of cannabis, its derivatives, its prevalence of use, and insurance industry implications.

Hilary Henly, Head of Underwriting, Ireland and Director, Divisional Underwriting Research, provides a deep dive on e-cigarettes and the practice of vaping, especially as it pertains to younger users, and its health complications. Finally, Dr. Karneen Tam, Medical Consultant, Asia Pacific, explains the concept of herd immunity – a very timely topic in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Longer Life Foundation (LLF) update announces the 2020-2021 grant award recipients and describes the innovative research being funded. LLF is especially proud to have provided an unprecedented interim grant to Dr. Jeffrey Henderson, one of our alumni grant recipients, to support his research: “Prognostic Biomarkers of Severe Disease in COVID-19 Patients.” As always, please be sure to check out ReCite for highlights and RGA’s perspectives on recent medical literature. Finally, we provide links to several new and informative articles by our thought leaders that are available on RGA’s Knowledge Center.

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Meet the Authors & Experts

Georgiana Pascutiu
Dr. Georgiana Willwerth-Pascutiu
Vice President and Medical Director, Global Medical
Hilary Henly
Hilary Henly
Global Medical Researcher, Strategic Research 
Karneen Tam
Dr. Karneen Tam
Medical Consultant, RGA Asia Pacific