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University of Iowa News Release

April 29, 2005

Biological, Chemical Threats Protocol Topic Of May 5 Presentation

To respond effectively and efficiently to biological and chemical threats, emergency and disaster response officials must follow a response protocol. In Iowa, individuals from multiple local and state agencies have worked collaboratively to develop the Biological and Chemical Threat Agent (BCTA) protocol model. On Thursday, May 5, three experts on BCTA will discuss the BCTA protocol model and give advice on how local and statewide agencies can develop similar models.

The program, to be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 22 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 and via streaming video on the Web.

The presentation will include the background and purpose of the BCTA protocol model, an overview of the contents of the model and a discussion about partnering with local and statewide agencies for effective emergency response. 

Speakers will include Mary J. Jones, director of the Division of Acute Disease Prevention and Emergency Response at the Iowa Department of Public Health; Jerry L. Ostendorf, bureau chief of Readiness, Response and Recovery at the Iowa Emergency Management Division; and Bonnie D. Rubin, emergency preparedness and terrorism response coordinator at the University Hygienic Laboratory.

The program is part of the spring 2005 Grand Rounds series sponsored by the Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness (UMCPHP). 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.

In addition, UI Television (UITV) will show the archived presentation. More information about the UITV service area and program schedule can be found on the UITV Web site,

The presentation is sponsored by the Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness, based in the UI College of Public Health, and the Iowa Association of Local Public Health Agencies. UMCPHP 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 on the Grand Round series, contact Angela Harding, program assistant in the Upper Midwest 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

MEDIA CONTACT: Kate Gleeson, 319-384-4277,