CONTACT: DEBRA VENZKE
UI COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Release: Oct. 17, 2002
NOTE TO EDITORS: Stephen Ostroff will be available to meet with members of
the news media from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, in the Raymond R.
Rembolt Conference Room at the UI Center for Disabilities and Development
(formerly University Hospital School).
CDC expert Ostroff to discuss antibioterrorism efforts Oct. 24
During last fall's anthrax attacks, the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) played a key role in responding to the incidents. One year
later, how has the agency prepared for detecting and reacting to another potential
On Oct. 24, Stephen Ostroff, M.D., deputy director of the CDC's National
Center for Infectious Diseases, will present, "Antibioterrorism: The
CDC Strategy and Perspective." The free lecture will be held from noon
to 1 p.m. in the Raymond R. Rembolt Conference Room, located on the first
floor of the University of Iowa Center for Disabilities and Development (formerly
University Hospital School). The lecture also will be broadcast over the Iowa
"Dr. Ostroff will present the latest information on the CDC's vision
and strategy regarding antibioterrorism," said Gregory Gray, Ph.D., UI
professor of epidemiology. "He will also share his experiences as the
lead investigator of the CDC team sent to assist with last year's anthrax
mailings in New York City. I particularly encourage those involved in public
health or medicine to attend this presentation to take advantage of Dr. Ostroff's
expertise and insights."
Ostroff joined the CDC in 1986 and has been with the National Center for
Infectious Diseases (NCID) since 1988. The mission of the NCID is to prevent
illness, disability and death caused by infectious diseases in the United
States and around the world. Ostroff has coordinated numerous emerging outbreak
investigations ranging from Ebola in Reston, Va., to West Nile virus in New
York City. He also serves as the assistant surgeon general in the U.S. Public
The presentation is part of the Grand Rounds series sponsored by the Iowa
Center for Public Health Preparedness (ICPHP), based in the UI College of
Public Health. Advanced registration for the lecture is requested and may
be completed online at www.public-health.uiowa.edu/icphp/.
The public health Grand Rounds series is sponsored by the ICPHP and the
Iowa Association of Local Public Health Agencies. The ICPHP is funded by a
grant from the CDC through a cooperative agreement with the Association of
Schools of Public Health. For more information about the Grand Rounds series,
contact Shari Heick at (319) 335-6994.