August 16, 2002

Bioterrorism meeting planned

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Campers and staff pose for a picture during the final day of this summer’s Camp Sugar Falls, a camp for children with diabetes and their siblings. (photos by Dana Johnson)

The Tennessee Public Health Association is holding a conference on bioterrorism Sept. 18-20 at the Cool Springs Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Franklin.

Dr. Larry Altman, medical correspondent for the New York Times, will give the keynote address during the luncheon opening the conference on Sept. 18.

Dr. Kenneth Alibek, who developed biological weapons for the Soviet Union before he defected to the United States in 1992, will discuss the threat of biological weapons and how to defend against them at 4 p.m. on Sept. 19.

Alibek, who now dedicates himself to eliminating the danger of biological weapons, currently is president of Hadron Advanced Biosystems in Alexandria, Va., and executive director of the George Mason University Center for Biodefense.

Other speakers include Dr. Kevin A. Yeskey, director of the CDC’s Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program; Robert M. Scripp, a specialist in the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Countermeasures Unit; and Dr. Marcelle C. Layton, assistant commissioner of the New York City Health Department, who will discuss the city’s anthrax experience.

For more information, contact the Tennessee Public Health Association at 741-0235 or send an e-mail to the program director, David Brumley, D.D.S., at