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Avian Flu

The Pandemic Threat and the Global Strategy

On January 30, 2006, Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH, dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, convened a day-long symposium to examine the public health aspects of a potential pandemic like H5N1 avian influenza. The event, entitled “Avian Flu: The Pandemic Threat and the Global Strategy,” brought together experts on every facet of the avian flu, to educate the wider community on what we know and don’t know about this alarming disease.

The Office of Communications and Public Affairs has provided special coverage of the event, which is available below.

Special Coverage

Planning for a Pandemic
02/02/06

Protecting People from the Avian Flu
02/02/06

Webcast

Part 1--Introduction/Epidemic History and Modeling

Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH
Dean
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Donald S. Burke, MD
Professor, International Health
Director, Center for Immunization Research
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Part 2--Challenges for Maryland

Michelle Gourdine, MD
Deputy Secretary
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Part 3--Overview of Avian Flu

Admiral John Agwunobi, MD, MPH
Assistant Secretary for Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Part 4--Vaccine Strategies for Pandemic Influenza

Ruth Karron, MD
Professor, International Health
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Part 5--An Ethics Framework for Considering Public Health Responses to Avian Flu

Nancy Kass, ScD
Phoebe R. Berman Professor of Bioethics and Public Health
Department of Health Policy and Management
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Part 6--The Wildlife Connection: The National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza

Keynote Speaker
Patrick Leahy, PhD
Acting Director
U.S. Geological Survey

Part 7--Population at Risk: Public Health Approaches to Prevention and Control

Jean Taylor, DrPH
Epidemiologist
Office of Epidemiology and Disease Control Programs
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Part 8--Transmission and Tracking in the Hospital Setting

Trish Perl, MD, MSc
Associate Professor, Medicine and Pathology
Johns Hopkins Univeristy School of Medicine
Senior House Epidemiologist
Johns Hopkins Hospital

Part 9--Avian Influenza Risks and the Animal-Human Interface

Ellen Silbergeld, PhD
Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Part 10--A Local Perspective on Pandemic Flu Preparedness and Response

Joshua Sharfstein, MD
Commissioner of Health
Baltimore City Health Department

Part 11--Panel Discussion

Moderator
Lynn R. Goldman, MD, MPH
Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Panelists
Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP
Executive Director
American Public Health Association

James G. Hodge Jr., JD, LLM
Executive Director, Center for the Law and the Public's Health
Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Donald S. Burke, MD
Professor, International Health
Director, Center for Immunization Research
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Ruth Karron, MD
Professor, International Health
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

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