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Nov. 26, 2003

Quinlisk To Discuss Public Health Surveillance Dec. 4

Patricia Quinlisk, M.D., medical director and state epidemiologist with the Iowa Department of Public Health, will deliver the lecture, "The Latest in Iowa Public Health Surveillance," on Thursday, Dec. 4. The presentation, to be held from noon to 1 p.m. in room 20 of the Nursing Building on the University of Iowa campus, is free and open to the public. It also will be broadcast live over the Iowa Communications Network (ICN) and via streaming video on the web.

In this presentation, Quinlisk will identify how the state of Iowa tracks communicable diseases such as West Nile virus, influenza and SARS, as well as food-borne illnesses and antibiotic resistance. She will also review how public health utilizes surveillance data.

The program is part of the fall 2003 Grand Rounds series sponsored by the Iowa Center for Public Health Preparedness (ICPHP). Advanced registration is requested and may be completed online at Links to the live Web broadcast, as well as archives of past presentations, are available on the center's site.

Quinlisk is a medical epidemiologist practicing at the Iowa Department of Public Health, where she serves as the medical director and the state epidemiologist. Her background includes training as a clinical microbiologist, a masters of public health from Johns Hopkins University, a medical degree from the University of Wisconsin, and training as a field epidemiologist in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Epidemic Intelligence Service. She has served on several national advisory committees, including the National Vaccine Advisory Committee, and has testified before two Congressional subcommittees on public health aspects of terrorism. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Microbial Threats to Health in the 21st Century and its Committee on the Psychological Consequences of Terrorism.

The presentation is sponsored by the Iowa Center for Public Health Preparedness, based in the UI College of Public Health, and the Iowa Association of Local Public Health Agencies. The ICPHP is funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through a cooperative agreement with the Association of Schools of Public Health.

For more information about the Grand Rounds series, contact Angela Harding, program assistant in the Center for Public Health Preparedness, at 319-335-8451 or by e-mail at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

CONTACT(S): Media: Debra Venzke, 319-335-9647, Program: Angela Harding, 319-335-8451,