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WRITER: Amy Couteé
283 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 335-8034

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Global Health Conference on outbreak intervention to be hosted by the University of Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- "Global Outbreak Intervention: Field Epidemiology and Organized Responses to Infection" is the topic of the 1998 Global Health Conference to be held Friday, April 3 through Sunday, April 5 at the University of Iowa.

The conference, which will be held in Galligan Auditorium of the Dental Sciences Building, is open to community members, and all UI students, faculty and staff interested in international health issues.

International and regional experts from the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Iowa Department of Public Health will be featured at the conference.

On Friday, the event kicks off with the keynote address from Dr. Mark White of the CDC. White will discuss "The Evolution of Field Epidemiology: From Pure 'Pei' to Impact-Oriented Programs" at 1:15 p.m.

"There are several exceptional people coming," says conference coordinator Robin Ungar, program associate in the Center for International Rural and Environmental Health (CIREH). "One of the really important things we arranged was to have breakout sessions with the speakers leading the discussions. This will enable students and participants to explore their own questions a little further, get to know these people and learn a little bit about their involvement with these issues."

Discussion topics during the three-day conference include: surveillance and outbreak detection; hepatitis A field investigation in Iowa; infections that occur in the hospitals known as nosocomial infections; laboratory support and coordination; the role of the media in dissemination of field epidemiology information; and the legal, ethical and practical limitations of field epidemiology.

On Saturday, the conference begins at 8:15 a.m., and on Sunday it starts at 8:30 a.m. Friday's session includes a dinner and reception.

Registration is required by Tuesday, March 31. The student fee is $7.50 and the faculty, staff and general public fee is $20. Fees include conference materials, lunch on Saturday, breakfasts and coffee breaks. Friday evening's dinner and reception is included in the student fee but is an additional $15 for faculty, staff and public participants. Registration forms are available in room 256 of the International Center. UI participants are eligible for one semester of academic credit for attending all sessions and completing a three-page paper.

The conference is sponsored by the UI International Programs, CIREH, the U.S. Department of Education, the UI Office of the Provost for Health Sciences and the UI Environmental Health Science Research Center (EHSRC).

For registration materials or more information call Ungar at (319) 335-2820 or Allison Wright at (319) 335-2825.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program please contact the UI Office of Continuing Medical Education at (319) 335-8598.