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February 27, 2003


Institute of Medicine President Speaks on Bioterrorism, 'Lessons from the Swine Flu Program'

ATLANTA -- Harvey V. Fineberg, MD, PhD, President of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, will speak on "Lessons from the Swine Flu Program in an Age of Bio-terrorism" at 4 p.m. Monday, March 10, in the auditorium of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Administration Building, 1440 Clifton Road, Emory University campus.

The talk is part of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center's Future Makers lecture series, sponsored by Dr. Michael M. E. Johns, Emory's Executive Vice President for Health Affairs and Director of The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Fineberg is the co-author of the book "The Epidemic That Never Was: Policy Making and the Swine Flu Scare," an analysis of the controversial federal immunization program against swine flu in 1976.

Before taking office as President of the Institute of Medicine, Dr. Fineberg was Provost of Harvard University for four years and, before that, was Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health for 13 years. His interests include HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases, the evaluation of diagnostic tests and vaccines, the ethical and social implications of new medical technologies, risk assessment and decision-making, medical education, and many more.

The Institute of Medicine has a Congressional charge to advise the government on issues such as vaccine safety, health care delivery and quality, nutrition standards, cancer prevention and management, and military and veterans' health. Their reports also are widely disseminated to the public and have a tremendous impact on public opinion, as did the recent report on medical errors. Over the past 25 years, Dr. Fineberg has chaired or co-chaired the committees that wrote reports on: "Understanding Risk: Informing Decisions in a Democratic Society," "No Time to Lose: Getting More from HIV Prevention," "American's Vital Interest in Global Health," "Adverse Effects of Pertussis and Rubella Vaccines," and "Society's Choices: Social and Ethical Decision Making in Biomedicine."

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