News Release: Research , School of Medicine , School of Public Health , Woodruff Health Sciences

Sep. 7,  2011

"Contagion": Emory Experts Available

What does the movie "Contagion" have to teach us about infectious diseases and public health preparedness? Emory University faculty and physician experts are available to discuss related topics including spread of disease, prevention, the role of fear, and the importance of communication.

The role of academic institutions in community disaster response

Alexander Isakov, MD, MPH, executive director of Emory's Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR)

Isakov and colleagues are examining the role of academic institutions in community disaster response and exploring how schools can collaborate in a time of crisis. Schools are often-overlooked community partners but can offer a variety of resources including shelter, a public communications infrastructure, Internet technology resources and expertise in public health, medicine, language translation and other areas. Isakov can describe the Emory University response to the 2009 H1N1 outbreak, which involved isolating infected students in one dormitory.

Global partnerships in fighting infectious disease spread

Jeffrey Koplan, MD, MPH, vice president of global health; director, Emory Global Health Institute; president, International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI)

From 1998 to 2002, Dr. Koplan served as the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He joined Emory University in 2002 and became director of the Emory Global Health Institute in 2008. He also leads the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI), a 76-nation partnership of national public health institutes. IANPHI is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Koplan began his public health career in the early 1970's in the CDC¿s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS). Since then, he has worked on virtually every major public health issue, including smallpox and HIV/AIDS, environmental issues such as the Bhopal chemical disaster, and the health toll of tobacco and obesity, both in the United States and around the globe.

Video: "From Simple Cough, to Global Pandemic"




Infectious disease spread and preparedness

James M. Hughes, MD, professor of medicine and public health, executive director of the Southeastern Center for Emerging Biologic Threats, senior scientific advisor for infectious diseases for the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI); current president, Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA).

Prior to joining Emory in June 2005, Hughes worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as Director of the National Center for Infectious Diseases.

His research focuses on emerging and reemerging infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance, vectorborne and zoonotic diseases, foodborne diseases and the rapid detection of and response to infectious diseases and bioterrorism.

Carlos del Rio, MD, Hubert professor and chair, Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health; professor of medicine (infectious diseases), Emory University School of Medicine.  Dr. del Rio is a native of Mexico. In 1989 he returned to Mexico where he was Executive Director of the National AIDS Council of Mexico (CONASIDA, the Federal agency of the Mexican Government responsible for AIDS Policy throughout Mexico), from 1992 through 1996. He is co-director of the Emory Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) and director of the Emory AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP). During the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, he worked closely with the public health community in Mexico in identifying and preventing the spread of disease.

Phyllis Kozarsky, MD, professor of medicine (infectious diseases), Emory University School of Medicine. Kozarsky is director of the Emory TravelWell Clinic, which prepares travelers via disease prevention and treatment. She also is president of the International Society of Travel Medicine, a global partnership that involves disease surveillance and prevention.

Video: How Do You Avoid Something That's Everywhere?




James Steinberg, MD, professor of medicine (infectious diseases); chief medical officer, Emory University Hospital, Midtown

Video: Preparing for H1N1

Mental health

Nadine Kaslow, MD, professor and vice chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences

Kaslow can comment on a broad array of mental health topics relevant to children, women and families and coping during times of tragedy.

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