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December 30, 2004

Public Health Impact of Tsunamis

As relief agencies assist with the effort to combat diseases and other public health issues as a result of the Dec. 26, 2004, earthquake and tsunamis in Asia, consider the following Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health professors and researchers as possible sources for stories. For more information, visit www.jhsph.edu/Tsunami/deans_message.html.

Dengue Fever
Anna Durbin, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of International Health
One of her research interests is studying the immunopathogenesis of dengue infection and disease.

Diarrhea
Nathaniel Pierce, MD
Professor, Department of International Health
His research is focused on child health in developing countries, especially diarrheal and respiratory diseases.

Emergency Preparedness
Eric Noji, MD, PhD
Senior Associate, Department of International Health
His research interests are disaster preparedness capacity development.

Emergency Response
Gilbert Burnham, MD, PhD
Co-Director of the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response 
He has extensive experience in emergency preparedness and response, particularly in humanitarian needs assessment, program planning and evaluation that address the needs of vulnerable populations and the development and implementation of training programs.

Epidemiology of Diseases
Donald Burke, MD
Associate Chair and Director, Disease Prevention and Control Program & Director, Center for Immunization Research
His research interests include prevention, diagnosis, and control of infectious diseases of global importance.

Diane Griffin, PhD, MD
Chair, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Expertise in emerging and infectious diseases.

Kenrad Nelson, MD
Professor, Department of International Health
Research interests include transmission of diseases, HIV/AIDS, tropical medicine, leprosy, hepatitis, infections in drug users and tuberculosis.

Malaria
Nirbhay Kumar, PhD, MSc
Professor, Department of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology
A major focus of research in my laboratory is the development of a human malaria transmission-blocking vaccine.

Meningitis
Mathuram Santosham, MD, MPH
Professor, Department of International Health
Areas of interest include epidemiologic studies of enteric infections, improved oral rehydration therapy, field testing of vaccines, H. influenzae type b and pneumococcal infections and neonatal health.

Refugee Health
Gilbert Burnham, MD, PhD

Rashid Chotani, MD, MPH
Director, Global Infectious Disease Surveillance & Alert System Program for Humanitarian Assistance
His work involves surveillance and prevention of infectious diseases in developing countries and disaster situations.

Water Systems
Les Roberts, PhD
Associate, Department of International Health and the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response
Water engineer with experience in disaster and war.

Nutrition
Keith West, DrPH, MPH
Professor, Department of International Health
His research focuses on the health and nutrition of children and mothers.

Psychological Trauma (PTSD)
George Everly, PhD
Associate, Department of International Health
His area of expertise is disaster/emergency mental health.

A Message from the Dean About the Tsunami Disaster

Public Affairs media contacts for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: Kenna Lowe or Tim Parsons at 410-955-6878 or paffairs@jhsph.edu.