July 16, 1999 What: A UF Institute for Science and Health Policy-hosted forum featuring experts who will discuss the significant global issues surrounding whether or not the remaining vials of the deadly smallpox virus should be destroyed.
When: 4 p.m., Monday, July 19, 1999
Via Internet: Seminar will be accessible through a live Webcast, which can be linked through http://www.health.ufl.edu/hscc.
Four experts in the field of virology will participate in the forum:
· D.A. Henderson, M.D., M.P.H., a leading advocate of destroying the virus. Henderson is a distinguished service professor in the departments of epidemiology and international health at Johns Hopkins University's School of Hygiene and Public Health;
· Kenneth Bernard, M.D., U.S. representative to the World Health Organization and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' liaison to the National Security Council;
· Kenneth I. Berns, M.D., Ph.D., dean of UF's College of Medicine, interim vice president for health affairs, and member of the national advisory panel charged with reviewing whether or not potential scientific opportunities would be lost if the last remaining vials of the virus were destroyed. Organized by the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine at the request of the White House, the panel recently briefed the president on the issue;
· Richard W. Moyer, Ph.D., chairman of the UF College of Medicine's department of molecular genetics and microbiology, and member of the Institute of Medicine's national advisory panel.
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