UW News

April 29, 2009

Update on the Evolving Swine Influenza Outbreak with Leading Experts: Panel Discussion at UW May 4

UW Health Sciences/UW Medicine

Dr. David Fleming, director and health officer of Public Health — Seattle & King County and former deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will headline a panel discussion at University of Washington 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 4 on the evolving swine flu outbreak with leading international and regional experts.

Dr. Kathy Neuzil, chair of the Influenza Working Group of the CDC Committee on Immunizations Practices and director of the Influenza Vaccine Project at PATH, and Dr. Ann Marie Kimball, director of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and professor of epidemiology at UW, will also offer their insights.

While at the CDC, Fleming led efforts to develop the agency’s scientific and programmatic capabilities, and served as the principal source of scientific and programmatic expertise in CDC’s Office of the Director. He also provided oversight of CDC’s global health portfolio through its Office of Global Health. Prior to joining Public Health – Seattle & King County, Fleming worked as director of Global Health Strategies for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The panel, part of the Washington Global Health Alliance Discovery series, will take place in Hogness Auditorium, located on the main floor in the UW Health Sciences Building adjacent to the UW Medical Center.

The three panelists will speak for roughly five to 10 minutes and then open the floor to questions and answers. Lisa Cohen, director of the Washington Global Health Alliance, will serve as moderator.

“We are fortunate to have key leaders in pandemic preparation and preparedness here in Washington state. The panel will be a great opportunity for the public to get up-to-date information about this evolving public health situation,” said Cohen.

The Washington Global Health Alliance works to enhance and expand Washington’s global health impact and showcase the region’s role as a leading center for global health activities. Founding members include: University of Washington Department of Global Health, PATH, Washington State University School for Global Animal Health, The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Infectious Disease Research Institute, Institute for Systems Biology, Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, and Seattle Children’s Research Institute/Global Alliance for the Prevention of Prematurity and Stillbirth.

Details: Monday, May 4, 2009, 5:30 p.m., Hogness Auditorium, UW.

TVW will televise the panel at 8 p.m. Wednesday May 6; the program will also be available online at tvw.org before it airs.