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TIME Magazine's Ebola doctor in first US appearance: What's needed for next epidemic

Case Western Reserve University

WHAT

Ebola doctor and a TIME Magazine Person of the Year Jerry Brown, MD, will make a first public appearance in the United States. He will be part of an Ebola summit gathering at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, conveying insights from the frontlines of the Ebola pandemic in Liberia, the current status of the disease in that country, and what the world needs to learn from the West Africa Ebola experience.

In addition to Dr. Brown, a panel of international infectious disease experts from the World Bank, US Army Medical Research Institute, ClinicalRM and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, will share their insights about what we still need to know about the Ebola virus that continues to make it global threat, and identify the gaps in the health care safety net, both in the US and in countries abroad, as health officials prepare for the next pandemic. Topics include:

  • What challenges to medical science does the recent revelation pose that the virus can lie dormant in "cured" patients, only to re-emerge months or years later?

  • How close are we to a vaccine? Does science now know enough and have the technology and testing protocols ready to create a vaccine for the next viral threat?

  • How reliable is our international surveillance system in identifying and alerting health agencies and organizations when the next viral epidemic emerges?

  • What are the strengths, and vulnerabilities, in health care infrastructure to respond quickly and effectively to the next Ebola outbreak in the US and other regions of the world?

WHO

  • Jerry Brown, MD: Medical Director and General Surgeon at the Eternal Love Winning Africa (ELWA) Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia. Principal investigator of West Africa Ebola clinical studies for Clinical RM, a Cleveland area company supporting clinical research and clinical trial services.

  • John M. Dye Jr., PhD, Viral Immunology Branch Chief, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases

  • Craig R. Giesze, Senior Operations Officer, World Bank Group, Dakar, Senegal

  • David Hoover, MD, Senior Scientific Advisor, ClinicalRM

  • Robert Salata, MD, Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and International Health, and Interim Chair, Department of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

  • Joseph Sgherza, President of ClinicalRM

WHEN AND WHERE

Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015

4:00 pm: "Learning from Ebola: Preparing for the Next Epidemic," lecture and panel

Lecture and Panel: Iris S. & Bert L. Wolstein Research Building; 2103 Cornell Road

Post-Lecture Interview: Room 1203, Wolstein Research Building

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