October 1, 2004

Events set to shed light on emerging infections

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Vanderbilt researchers Richard Robinson, Brenda Crews, center, and Annette Oeser were honored at the inaugural Research Staff Awards luncheon last week.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) will host the 5th Annual Scientific Presentation Day of the Tennessee Emerging Infections Program on Oct. 6.

The event will cover infection control issues on topics including avian influenza, streptococci, pertussis and invasive meningococcal disease and is targeted to clinical microbiologists, infection control practitioners and public health workers.

The chief of the Epidemiology Section of the Influenza Branch of the Centers for Disease Control, Keiji Fukuda, M.D., will speak about avian influenza and its threat as a pandemic in Asia.

Also from the CDC, Richard Facklam, Ph.D., the chief of the streptococcus laboratory, will deliver a talk about Group A Streptococci.

Other speakers will include William Schaffner, M.D., chair of the department of Preventive Medicine, Allen S. Craig, M.D., State Epidemiologist for TDH, and Kathryn Edwards, M.D., professor of Pediatrics.

Clinical laboratory scientists and staff who attend will be eligible for up to five contact hours.

Please see program staff at the event for forms and details.

The program, held at the Stadium Club at Vanderbilt, begins at 9:30 a.m.

The conference is funded in part by an unrestricted educational grant by the Aventis Pasteur Foundation. Advanced registration is encouraged. To be guaranteed a lunch, please register by Oct. 1.

To register, call Terri McMinn at 322-5874 or Jan Roulstone at 322-3775.