October 25, 2014

Ebola Conference at Columbia

Hello club members!

We were unable to secure a venue on such short notice for the October event, so we will skip this month and focus on November.  Details soon.

We just became aware of a timely education opportunity - The Ebola Crisis: What it means for Africa and the World

hosted in faculty house on 10/27 from 1pm-5pm.  If you can't make it up to Columbia, watch the webcast which will be streaming live.  Free!!  Interesting in full or part.  Opening remarks from Jeffrey Sachs, with many MD's and MPH's scheduled to speak.


Welcome and Opening Remarks

Epidemics in Resource Poor Countries: Economics, Politics and Human Values - Why it Matters to the World

·         Jeffrey Sachs - Director, The Earth Institute, Columbia University

What's Wrong With Bio-crisis and Disaster Preparedness in the U.S.? And What We Need to Do Now?

·         Irwin Redlener - Director, The National Center for Disaster Preparedness, The Earth Institute, Columbia University


Covering an Epidemic – What We’re Learning from Ebola and What Journalists Need to Know

·         Richard Besser, MD -  ABC News Chief Medical Editor; former Acting Director, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Panel 1: Ebola Fundamentals: What are the Major Challenges?

·         Anne Liu, MPH – Program Manager, Health Systems Development, Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development, Earth Institute, Columbia University

·         Jay Varma, MD - Deputy Commissioner for Disease Control, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; former Medical Epidemiologist, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

·         Robert Kanter, MD – Adjunct  Senior Research Scientist, National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Earth Institute, Columbia University; Professor of Pediatrics, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Roanoke, VA


Panel 2: Is Science Keeping Up with the Demands of Ebola – and Challenges to Come?

·         Robert Klitzman, MD – Professor of Psychiatry; Director, Masters of Bioethics Program; Director, Ethics, Policy and Human Rights Core, HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, Columbia University

·         Ranu Dhillon, MD – Senior Health Advisor, Earth Institute and Adjunct Assistant Professor, SIPA; Columbia University

·         Stephen Morse, PhD – Director, Infectious Disease Epidemiology Certificate program, Professor of Epidemiology, Columbia University Medical Center


Closing Remarks:  Jeffrey Sachs and Irwin Redlener

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