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Release: Oct. 17, 2002

NOTE TO EDITORS: Stephen Ostroff will be available to meet with members of the news media from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, in the Raymond R. Rembolt Conference Room at the UI Center for Disabilities and Development (formerly University Hospital School).

CDC expert Ostroff to discuss antibioterrorism efforts Oct. 24

During last fall's anthrax attacks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) played a key role in responding to the incidents. One year later, how has the agency prepared for detecting and reacting to another potential bioterrorism attack?

On Oct. 24, Stephen Ostroff, M.D., deputy director of the CDC's National Center for Infectious Diseases, will present, "Antibioterrorism: The CDC Strategy and Perspective." The free lecture will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Raymond R. Rembolt Conference Room, located on the first floor of the University of Iowa Center for Disabilities and Development (formerly University Hospital School). The lecture also will be broadcast over the Iowa Communications Network.

"Dr. Ostroff will present the latest information on the CDC's vision and strategy regarding antibioterrorism," said Gregory Gray, Ph.D., UI professor of epidemiology. "He will also share his experiences as the lead investigator of the CDC team sent to assist with last year's anthrax mailings in New York City. I particularly encourage those involved in public health or medicine to attend this presentation to take advantage of Dr. Ostroff's expertise and insights."

Ostroff joined the CDC in 1986 and has been with the National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID) since 1988. The mission of the NCID is to prevent illness, disability and death caused by infectious diseases in the United States and around the world. Ostroff has coordinated numerous emerging outbreak investigations ranging from Ebola in Reston, Va., to West Nile virus in New York City. He also serves as the assistant surgeon general in the U.S. Public Health Service.

The presentation is part of the Grand Rounds series sponsored by the Iowa Center for Public Health Preparedness (ICPHP), based in the UI College of Public Health. Advanced registration for the lecture is requested and may be completed online at

The public health Grand Rounds series is sponsored by the ICPHP and the Iowa Association of Local Public Health Agencies. The ICPHP is funded by a grant from the CDC through a cooperative agreement with the Association of Schools of Public Health. For more information about the Grand Rounds series, contact Shari Heick at (319) 335-6994.