BioDefense Conference Early Bird Rates End Aug. 26

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The Second BioDefense Mobilization Conference & Exhibition will occur October 22-24, 2002 at Loews Philadelphia Hotel. Workshops on bioterrorism and biotechnology will be presented October 21. The lowest registration fees-$495 for public employees, elected officials, and academics ($695 for others)-apply through August 26. Program and registration information is available at www.bio-defense.org. Event co-sponsors include: 

- The University of Medicine and 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
- Homeland Defense Journal
- Homeland Defense Technology Council
- Consultants in Disease and Injury Control

The involvement of the UMDNJ-SPH 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 staff 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.

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.

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

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

George Strait, Media Consultant and former ABC Health/Medical Correspondent

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

Dr. Leah Ziskin, Associate Dean, Stratford/Camden Campus, School of Public Health, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

Nancy Connell, Director, Center for Biodefense; New Jersey School of Medicine; Associate Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

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"

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

Mitchel Rosen, Director, Office of Public Health Practice, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - School of Public Health

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 School of Medicine

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 by Aug. 26 and qualify for early bird rates of $495 for public employees, elected officials, and academics, $695 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. 

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.


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