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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 21, 2003

MEDIA ADVISORY: Bioterrorism, Infectious Disease Expert To Speak Oct. 22

WHAT: Media availability with bioterrorism and emerging infectious disease expert Michael T. Osterholm, Ph.D.

WHO: Osterholm, a professor of public health at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, and author of the best-selling book, "Living Terrors: What America Needs to Know to Survive the Coming Bioterrorist Catastrophe," will be available to comment on national and international preparedness topics. State epidemiologist Patricia Quinlisk, M.D., of the Iowa Department of Public Health, also will be available to provide insight into preparedness issues in Iowa.

WHEN/WHERE: Media availability from 11 to 11:30 a.m. in the North Room of the Iowa Memorial Union. Osterholm will deliver the Hansen Distinguished Lecture, "Emerging Infections: The New Infectious Disease Frontier," at 12:15 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the IMU. Reporters are invited to attend the lecture.

Osterholm was selected by the University of Iowa College of Public Health to receive the 2003 Richard and Barbara Hansen Leadership Award and Distinguished Lectureship, a $10,000 prize given annually to honor individuals who have made sustained contributions in the health field.

A native of Waukon, Iowa, Osterholm is a noted public health scientist whose areas of expertise include bioterrorism, antibiotic resistance, food safety and infectious disease.

Following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, he served as a special advisor to Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson on issues related to bioterrorism and public health preparedness. He continues to advise Secretary Thompson and Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on emerging infectious diseases, including SARS.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

MEDIA CONTACT: Media: Debra Venzke, 319-335-9647, debra-venzke@uiowa.edu