Biodefense Conference Advance Rates End September 23

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UNIVERSITY OF MEDICINE & DENTISTRY OF NEW JERSEY - SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH JOINS IN SPONSORING EVENT
The Second BioDefense Mobilization Conference & Exhibition will occur October 22-24, 2002 at Loews Philadelphia Hotel. Workshops on bioterrorism and biotechnology are scheduled October 21. Advance registration fees-$595 for public employees, elected officials, and academics ($795 for others)-apply through Sept. 23. Program and registration information is available at www.bio-defense.org.

CO-SPONSORS
* The University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey-School of Public Health (UMDNJ-SPH), with Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; New Jersey Institute of Technology; and the Public Health Research Institute
* Center for Biodefense, New Jersey Medical School, UMDNJ
* Homeland Defense Journal
* Consultants in Disease & Injury Control
* Homeland Defense Technology Council
* Public Health Foundation

A LEADER IN HOMELAND DEFENSE
The involvement of the UMDNJ-SPH in the conference is significant because it played such a strong role in dealing with last year's acts of terrorism, including the World Trade Center and the anthrax attacks. School staff trained many Port Authority personnel and rendered technical assistance immediately after the disaster. Other assistance was provided to the main Trenton Post Office. In addition, more than 25 SPH faculty members with a wide range of expertise have been assembled to investigate and respond to bioterror events. The New Jersey Medical School Center for Biodefense is also a leader in training responders. The UMDNJ Biosafety Level Three Facility has several biodefense-related projects underway, including a collaborative effort with the Public Health Research Institute to test hand held assays.

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS
All individuals registered for the conference are invited to submit an abstract for either a breakout talk (by Sept. 15) or poster presentation (until Oct. 15) for any of the tracks below. See Call for Presentations at www.bio-defense.org for details.

CONFERENCE TRACKS
* Public Safety & Responder Protection
* Terrorism Law & Policy
* Workplace Preparedness & the Built Environment
* Science & Technology
* Public Health & Private Medicine
* Communications & Training

FEATURED SPEAKERS
DR. WILLIAM HALPERIN, Chair and Professor, Department of Preventive and Community Medicine, New Jersey Medical School; co-author of Public Health Surveillance

SERGEI POPOV, Senior Scientist, Advanced Biosystems; former Soviet weapons designer

AMY SMITHSON, Director, Chemical and Biological Weapons Nonproliferation Project, Henry L. Stimson Center

GEORGE STRAIT, Media Consultant and former ABC Health/Medical Correspondent

DR. LEAH Z. ZISKIN, Associate Dean, UMDNJ - School of Public Health, Stratford/Camden Campus, former New Jersey Deputy Commissioner of Public Health

FRANK RAPOPORT, head, Public Health and Pharmaceutical Compliance Practice Group, McKenna Long & Aldridge

A.D. VICKERY, Chair, InterAgency Board for Equipment Standardization and InterOperability; Deputy Chief, Special Operations, Seattle Fire Department

NANCY CONNELL, Director, Center for Biodefense, New Jersey Medical School; Associate Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, UMDNJ

GERRY ELMAN, Elman & Associates; Editor-in-Chief, Biotechnology Law Report

HOWARD COLEMAN, CEO, Genelex Corporation; Executive Director, Homeland Defense Technology Council

TERRY O'BRIEN, former Assistant Attorney General, State of Minnesota; Appointee, Cantigny Conference on State Emergency Health Powers and the Bioterrorism Threat

COL. DANNY MCKNIGHT, U.S. Army (retired), commander of the ground convoy in the initial Black Hawk Down assault, on "The Price of Preparedness and the Cost of Panic"

DR. KAREN BECKER, Senior Health Advisor, Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Dept. of Health and Human Services

MITCHEL ROSEN, Director, Office of Public Health Practice, UMDNJ - School of Public Health; Manager, New Jersey/New York Hazardous Materials Worker Training Center

MURRAY COHEN, President, Consultants in Disease and Injury Control; member, federal bioterrorism task forces; former CDC epidemiologist

DR. VICTOR SIDEL, Professor of Social Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine; former president, American Public Health Association

BRENDAN MCCLUSKEY, Deputy Director/Director of Training and Education, Center for Biodefense, New Jersey Medical School

DR. DAVID FRANZ, Vice President, Chemical and Biological Defense Division, Southern Research Institute; former commander, USAMRIID (Bioterrorism Workshop only)

The unthinkable now seems inevitable. Preparedness is our only defense.

REGISTER NOW! EXHIBIT! CO-SPONSOR!
Register by Sept. 23 and qualify for advance rates of $595 for public employees, elected officials, and academics, $795 for others. Register online, at www.bio-defense.org. If your organization provides products or services for homeland defense, learn about exhibitor and sponsor opportunities at www.bio-defense.org or call Michele Dionne, Exhibition Director, 206  937-2570.

If you are responsible for any element of biodefense, this is the one meeting you don't want to miss!

PLEASE PASS THIS ANNOUNCEMENT ON TO OTHERS.

CONTACT: Eric Swenson, Program Director
BioDefense Mobilization Conferences
206 334-7333
eric at bio-defense.org

www.bio-defense.org

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