Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) February 22, 2006
Chairman of the European Influenza Surveillance Scheme, Koos van der Velden, and Senior UN System Coordinator for Avian and Human Influenza, Dr. David Nabarro, will be the first speakers at the Bird Flu Summit starting Monday in Washington, DC.
Joining them will be bird flu experts from around the world to focus on the business-related issues in pandemic prevention, preparedness, response and recovery at Washington, DC's first Bird Flu Summit to be held February 27-28, 2006 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City near Reagan National Airport.
The 2-day event, featuring public sector and private sector leaders addressing the bird flu threat, will be co-chaired by international healthcare advisor Dr. Joseph Agris (http://www.flulab.com), and will present collective approaches to pandemic influenza preparedness and business continuity planning.
Special emphasis will be placed on identifying the responsibilities of various stakeholders in order to improve communications, coordination and collaboration worldwide.
Agenda Notes, by Summit organizer, Samir Farajallah:
Since the beginning of this month, 13 countries have reported their first cases of H5N1 infection in birds. The 13 countries, listed in order of reporting, are Iraq, Nigeria, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Slovenia, Iran, Austria, Germany, Egypt, India and France.
Also, Malaysia has reported a fresh outbreak in poultry after more than a year.
This rapid geographical spread of the virus is why we are here.
The world is fast recognizing the threat of an imminent human influenza pandemic. Nations, communities and businesses are taking steps to reduce the risk and to get ready to respond effectively.
Implementing these actions requires coordination across international organizations, countries, civil society, across multiple sectors within countries and within communities.
That is why for this summit we have invited speakers and attendees representing a wide range of perspectives. These perspectives include human factors, the physical environment and the sociocultural environment.
Where there is leadership here, you will better understand those leaders' responsibilities. Where there is innovation, you will be among the first to hear about it. Where there is know-how, you will learn new skills. Where there are shared interests, you will be able to share best practices.
Prevention. Preparedness. Response. Recovery. These are the challenges we must face here together.
Communications. Coordination. Collaboration. These are the tools we must use to meet these challenges.
I thank you for attending the Washington, DC Bird Flu Summit, the first of our international events addressing this worldwide threat. Your being here these two days could be the difference that makes a difference.
And so I ask you to be generous in your sharing, active in your listening, and firm in your commitment to help the world prepare.
Confirmed speakers and topics include:
Koos van der Velden
European Influenza Surveillance Scheme
Coordinated Response to Avian Influenza Threat
Dr. David Nabarro CBE FRCP
Senior UN System Coordinator for Avian and Human Influenza
United Nations Development Group
Country Reports and Situation Updates
Dr. Joseph Agris
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Huseyin Avni Sahin
Van Yuzuncu Yil Research Hopital, Turkey
Dr. Mircea Ioan Popa
Associate Professor in Microbiology
Adviser to the Minister of Health
Ministry of Health, Romania
Vladimir Savic, DVM, Ph.D.
Croatian Veterinary Institute, Zagreb, Croatia
Avian influenza: Animals, Man and Pathogen
Terrestrial Animal Health Code Commission
World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)
Bird Flu Transmission to Humans May Be Higher Than Thought
Anna Thorson, M.D., Ph.D
Division of International Health
Department of Public Health Sciences
Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.
Surveillance and Data Management
Michael Wagner, M.D., Ph.D.
Real-time Outbreak and Disease Surveillance ( RODS ) Laboratory
State Epidemiologist and Division Director,
Bureau of Epidemiology
Pennsylvania Department of Health
Marion A. Kainer MD, MPH, FRACP
Communicable and Environmental Disease Services
Tennessee Deptartment of Health
Dr. Patricia Somsel
Division of Infectious Disease, Bureau of Laboratories
Michigan Department of Community Health
Dr. Alan Zelicoff
Senior Scientific Consultant
Preparing Communities Strategies; Local Partnership and Participation
Rescobie Associates, Inc.
Sheriff James Hagy
Office of Sheriff
Law Enforcement Center
Deputy Executive Director
National Sheriffs Association
Critical Infrastructure Continuity
Dr. Lyle Jackson
Public Health, Food and Agriculture
Department of Homeland Security
Dr. Joseph Agris
Cheif Medical Officer
Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System
Dr. Andrea Gambotto
Asst. Professor of Surgery
Co-director, Vector Core Facility
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
The Aethlon Hemopurifier as a Treatment for Drug Resistant Avian Flu
James A. Joyce
Aethlon Medical, Inc.
Emergency Response and Hospital/Health Care Coordination
Dr. Reuben Varghese, M.D., MPH
Arlington County Public Health
Chevelle Glymph, MPH
Washington DC Department Of Health
Dr. Sandra Schneider
Professor and Chair
University of Rochester
Playing Ostrich or Talking Turkey: Pre-Pandemic Risk Communication Strategies
Jody Lanard M.D.
Risk Communication Specialist
The Peter Sandman Risk Communication
Poultry Farms: The Frontline Fight Against Avian Flu
Dr. Fidelis N. Hegngi
Senior Staff Veterinarian
National Animal Health Policy & Programs
Certification and Control Team (Poultry Programs)
USDA, APHIS, Veterinary Services
Benefit-Risk Assessment: Public Health, Industry and Regulatory Perspectives
Brian T. Yeh
American Law Division
Congressional Research Service
Director of Immunobiology
Antigen Express, Inc. (Generex)
Bio Economic Research Associates (BIO-ERA)
The Effect of a Bird Flu Pandemic on the U.S. Life Insurance Industry
Dr. Steven Weisbart
Insurance Information Institute
Prevention Education Efforts and Risk Communication
Caroline Smith DeWaal
Director for Food Safety
Center for Science in the Public Interest
Pandemic Preparedness in the Modern Age : The APEC Virtual Symposium
Ann Marie Kimball, MD MPH FACPM
Director, APEC, EINET, Professor
Epidermiology, Health Services
University of Washington
C. Shane Arnold, Ph.D.
Director, Peramivir Development
Research Biologist II
BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Pandemic preparedness: Risk Associated with Nosocomial Infections
James M. Maguire Ph.D.
Pall life Sciences
Dealing with interruptions in the movement of goods between the U.S and global areas impacted by avian flu
Supply Chain Opertaions Preparedness Education, LLC
Legal Considerations: Immunizing Vaccine Manufacturers
Alston and Bird
Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development
Mckenna Long Aldridge
Prospective speakers and attendees may register by calling the conference organizer, NewFields/USA, at 1-202-536-5000 or visiting http://www.new-fields.com/birdflu.
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