February 22, 2002

Vanderbilt to host bioterrorism hearing

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Dr. Mark Anderson is leading the arrhythmia research at VUMC. (photo by Dana Johnson)

U.S. Rep. Bob Clement (D-Nashville) will host a congressional hearing at Vanderbilt on Friday, March 1 to discuss the federal government’s efforts to help local and state officials prepare for the possibility of biologic or chemical terrorist attacks.

The hearing will be chaired by Rep. Steve Horn (R-Long Beach, CA), chairman of the Subcommittee on Governmental Efficiency, Financial Management and Intergovernmental Relations, and will convene at 10 a.m. in the Wyatt Center’s Rotunda Room located on the Peabody Campus.

“We were all impacted by the tragic events of Sept. 11 and must do everything in our power to avert any future attacks,” said Clement.

“I have invited the subcommittee to make Tennessee its first stop in reviewing America’s readiness for chemical or biologic attacks in order to evaluate our current system and provide helpful information to key governmental officials with long-term planning for the future.”

VUMC physicians Dr. Ian Jones, assistant professor of Emergency Medicine, and Dr. William Schaffner, professor and chairman of Preventive Medicine, are among those who have been asked to testify before the subcommittee.

Emergency management officials from federal, state and local governments are scheduled to attend the hearing.