TERRORISM COMMISSION CHAIR TO KEYNOTE BIODEFENSE CONFERENCE

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PREPAREDNESS IS OUR ONLY DEFENSE
Former Virginia governor James Gilmore, Chair of the Congressional Advisory Commission on Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction, will keynote the second BioDefense Mobilization Conference & Exhibition. The Gilmore Commission was established by Congress in 1999 to assess federal, state, and local governments' capability to respond to terrorist attacks. Black Hawk Down hero, Col. Danny McKnight, will join Gov. Gilmore in opening the program. 

ADVANCE RATES END SEPT. 23
Register now for the Biodefense Mobilization Conference & Exhibition, October 22-24, 2002, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Call 877 796-4362 or register online at http://www.bio-defense.org. The three-day event features many of the nation's leading authorities on bioterrorism and how to prevent or counter it. Pre-conference workshops October 21 will focus on biotechnology and bioterrorism basics. 

WHY YOU CAN'T AFFORD TO MISS THIS COMPREHENSIVE EVENT 
The BioDefense Mobilization Conference gives you the most up-to-date knowledge, information, data, and resources to make you an effective partner in biodefense. 
* Best Practices: Success stories, models, and exercises 
* Essential Tools: Systems, products, services 
* Key Personnel: Peer networks, helpful contacts, and new partners 
* Sound Policies: Considered responses to real threats; effective problem-solving 

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

OUTSTANDING LINEUP OF SPEAKERS
Featured presenters include:
George Strait, Media Consultant and former ABC Health/Medical Correspondent

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, Stimson Center

Dr. Victor Sidel, Professor of Social Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine; former president, American Public Health Association

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

Dr. Leah Ziskin, Associate Dean, UMDNJ - School of Public Health, Stratford/Camden Campus, former New Jersey Deputy Commissioner of Public Health

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

Dr. Karen Becker, Senior Health Advisor, Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Dept. of Health and Human Services

Dr. David Franz, Vice President, Chemical and Biological Defense Division, Southern Research Institute; former commander, USAMRIID (Bioterrorism Workshop only)

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

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

EXHIBIT
Learn about exhibitor and sponsor opportunities at www.bio-defense.org or call Michele Dionne, Exhibition Director, 206  937-2570. This event is a superior opportunity to meet potential new customers and other business leads and is being widely promoted to new audiences. 

REGISTER NOW 
Advance registration fees-$595 for public employees, elected officials, and academics, $795 for others-end September 23. Program and registration information is available at http://www.bio-defense.org where you can register online. Or call 877 796-4362.

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

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
http://www.bio-defense.org

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