October 14, 2005

Seminar set to bring infectious disease experts to Vanderbilt

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Dennis Hallahan, M.D.

Seminar set to bring infectious disease experts to Vanderbilt

The Sixth Annual Tennessee Emerging Infections Program (EIP) Scientific Presentation Day is 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Stadium Club.

Hosted by the Tennessee Department of Health and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Department of Preventive Medicine, this year's program will feature Robert Tauxe, M.D., M.P.H., from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Tauxe, who serves as chief of the Foodborne and Diarrheal Diseases branch, will kick off the morning with his segment titled “The Emergence of Foodborne Pathogens: Hunting and Fishing in the Microbial World.”

Vanderbilt Professor of Preventive Medicine and Medicine Marie Griffin, M.D., M.P.H., will follow at 11:15 a.m. with “New Developments in Varicella Vaccine and Herpes Zoster.”

The EIP has seen an annual increase in enrollment between 30 percent and 60 percent.

This year's seminar is already the largest in its history, with 229 applicants registered as compared to 150 in 2004.

Nurses and laboratory professionals can receive five CEU credit hours by attending all of the sessions and filling out an evaluation form at the end of the seminar, which concludes with remarks from Vanderbilt Department of Preventive Medicine Chair William Schaffner, M.D.

For more information or to register call 322-5874, 322-3775 or e-mail terri.mcminn@vanderbilt.edu.