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International Expert to Speak on Pandemic Influenza

International Expert to Speak on Pandemic Influenza

(Editors: Don’t miss the opportunity to speak with Osterholm, who will be available to answer media questions from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 15. The site will be announced in an upcoming media alert.)

World-renowned infection disease specialist Michael T. Osterholm, Ph.D., M.P.H., will speak Nov. 15 at the 19th annual Thomas Timothy Smith, M.D., Lecture, sponsored by Creighton University School of Medicine and Boys Town National Research Hospital.

Osterholm will talk about “Pandemic Influenza H5N1: A Harbringer of Things to Come?” from noon to 1 p.m. at the Boys Town National Research Hospital auditorium, 555 N. 30th St. The event is free and open to the public.

The lecture will review the natural history of influenza virus infection in birds, other animal species and humans; identify factors contributing to the occurrence of pandemic influenza; and evaluate the current situation with H5N1 influenza virus infection and the implications for a worldwide pandemic.

An international leader on the United States’ preparedness for an influenza pandemic, Osterholm has authored articles in Foreign Affairs, the New England Journal of Medicine, and Nature on the threat of an influenza pandemic and steps that must be taken to prepare for that event.

Osterholm is director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy and associate director of the Department of Homeland Security's National Center for Food Protection and Defense (NCFPD). He also serves on the National Science Advisory Board on Biosecurity.

The Thomas Timothy Smith, M.D., Lecture series is named in honor of a rural Nebraska native and 1933 Creighton medical school graduate who dedicated himself extensively to the education of students, residents and practicing physicians. The lecture is sponsored by Creighton University’s School of Medicine, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and Continuing Medical Education Division and the Boys Town National Research Hospital.

For more information, please contact the Creighton Continuing Medical Education Division at (402) 280-1830. The lecture is worth a maximum of one AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m.

Posted: 11/10/06

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