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U-M to host international SARS symposium


The Michigan Academic Center for Public Health Preparedness (MACPHP) will host a day-long event 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 20 in the Michigan League Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. The event will bring together experts from China, Hong Kong, Europe, Canada and the United States to discuss lessons learned from the global SARS experience.

Speakers planning to attend include:

• Matthew Boulton, state epidemiologist at the Michigan Department of Community Health and clinical associate professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health. Boulton coordinated Michigan’s SARS response efforts.
• Allison McGeer, microbiologist and infectious disease consultant, Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. McGeer managed SARS isolation and quarantine measures in Toronto.
• Stephen Ostroff, deputy director of the National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Ostroff served on the CDC team managing the threat of SARS in the United States.
• Klaus Stohr, director of the global influenza program for the World Health Organization (WHO). Stohr coordinated the WHO Global Laboratory Network during the SARS crisis.
• Malik Peris, professor of microbiology at the University of Hong Kong. Peris played a critical role in the identification of the virus.
• Karen Lee Smith, assistant health officer at the Santa Clara County Public Health Department. Smith handled issues related to a SARS case onboard an aircraft at San Jose International Airport.
• Zonghan Zhu, director of the Beijing Municipal Central Laboratory of Infections and Immunity. Zhu directed the SARS public health response efforts in Beijing during the outbreak in early 2003.


The event will be sponsored by MACPHP. It is funded by the CDC, through the Association of Schools of Public Health.

For more information, call (734) 936-5333, prepared@umich.edu.

 

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