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April 14, 2004

NOTE TO EDITORS: Members of the media are invited to attend Lillibridge's keynote address from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15, in Salon C of the Four Points Sheraton Hotel, 4800 Merle Hay Road, in Des Moines.

Bioterrorism Expert To Speak At Public Health Training Event April 15

Scott R. Lillibridge, M.D., an expert in bioterrorism preparedness and response, will deliver a keynote address, "Public Health and the Defense of America," on April 15 to a group of Iowa public health practitioners enrolled in a preparedness training program.

Lillibridge is a professor of epidemiology and director of the Center for Biosecurity and Public Health Preparedness at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He also serves on the Emergency Response Senior Advisory Committee to the Homeland Security Advisory Council under the direction of Secretary Tom Ridge. Prior to his appointment at the University of Texas, Lillibridge worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under Secretary Tommy Thompson as the special assistant for national security and emergency management. He assisted in the development of a national bioterrorism program at HHS during October 2001 when the nation was experiencing anthrax attacks.

Previously Lillibridge worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as director of the CDC's Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program. He was the lead physician during the initial U.S. Public Health Service response to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and also led the U.S. medical delegation to Tokyo following the sarin gas attack in 1995. During the 1996 Olympics, he served as the U.S. Public Health Service science advisor to the multi-agency task force assembled to protect the public against biological and chemical terrorism. He has worked in more than 12 nations on epidemiology and other emergency public health issues following the wake of civil wars and other disasters.

Approximately 50 participants are taking part in the 2004 Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness Train-the-Trainer Program, an eight-month program designed to strengthen knowledge in public health science, emergency response systems and community leadership. The group is meeting April 15-16 for a program orientation and to learn about the role of public health in emergency preparedness and response, psychological issues surrounding disaster response, and incident command/management systems training.

The Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness is based in the University of Iowa College of Public Health and is funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Bioterrorism Preparedness Initiative through a cooperative agreement with the Association of Schools of Public Health.

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

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