U-M to host international SARS symposium
The Michigan Academic Center for Public Health Preparedness (MACPHP) will
host a day-long event 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 20 in the Michigan League Lydia
Mendelssohn Theatre. The event will bring together experts from China, Hong
Kong, Europe, Canada and the United States to discuss lessons learned from
the global SARS experience.
Speakers planning to attend include:
• Matthew Boulton, state epidemiologist at the Michigan Department
of Community Health and clinical associate professor of epidemiology
at the School of Public Health. Boulton coordinated Michigan’s
SARS response efforts.
• Allison McGeer, microbiologist and infectious disease consultant, Mount
Sinai Hospital in Toronto. McGeer managed SARS isolation and quarantine
measures in Toronto.
• Stephen Ostroff, deputy director of the National Center for Infectious
Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Ostroff served
on the CDC team managing the threat of SARS in the United States.
• Klaus Stohr, director of the global influenza program for the
World Health Organization (WHO). Stohr coordinated the WHO Global
Laboratory Network during the SARS crisis.
• Malik Peris, professor of microbiology at the University of Hong Kong.
Peris played a critical role in the identification of the virus.
• Karen Lee Smith, assistant health officer at the Santa Clara County
Public Health Department. Smith handled issues related to a SARS case
onboard an aircraft at San Jose International Airport.
• Zonghan Zhu, director of the Beijing Municipal Central Laboratory of
Infections and Immunity. Zhu directed the SARS public health response
efforts in Beijing during the outbreak in early 2003.
The event will be sponsored by MACPHP. It is funded by the CDC, through
the Association of Schools of Public Health.
For more information, call (734) 936-5333, firstname.lastname@example.org.