News Release: Research, School of Medicine, School of Public Health

May 15,  2009

CDC, Mexico Public Health Experts Will Describe H1N1 Experience and Perspective at Emory Presentation

News Article ImageH1N1 Influenza virus, image from CDC

Four international experts will describe their experiences fighting the H1N1 outbreak in Mexico and the United States at a special meeting of Atlanta’s "Vaccine Dinner Club" on Wednesday, May 20. The speakers will describe their on-the-ground efforts during the outbreak, make recommendations for the future, and offer perspectives based on a comparison with other pandemic outbreaks.

The event takes place at Emory University in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Administration Building, 1440 Clifton Rd., Atlanta, GA 30322. A light dinner on the plaza level at 6 p.m. will be followed by presentations in the auditorium at 6:30 p.m.

Attendance is free, but guests must pre-register by e-mailing the Vaccine Dinner Club Director, Dr. Kimberly Hagen, at

Parking is available at the Michael Street Deck, through the staff parking entrance (after 4:30 p.m.) Turn left into the parking deck after turning onto Michael Street from Clifton Road.

Map showing the location of the Woodruff Health Science Center Administration Building:

Scheduled speakers:

"In the Eye of the Storm: H1N1 Up Close and Personal"
Guillermo M. Ruiz-Palacios, MD
Director, Infectious Diseases, Salvador Zubiran National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition, Mexico City

"Comparative Virology: A Tale of Two Cities"
Scott Dowell, MD, MPH
Director, Global Disease Detection Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

"1918 vs 2009: Who, What, When, and Where"
Dan Jernigan, MD, MPH
Deputy Director, Influenza Division
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

"With the Benefit of Hindsight: H1N1 Response Ops, Planning, and Policy"
Steve Redd, MD
Team Leader, Influenza Coordinating Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University is an academic health science and service center focused on missions of teaching, research, health care and public service. Its components include schools of medicine, nursing, and public health; Yerkes National Primate Research Center; the Emory Winship Cancer Institute; and Emory Healthcare, the largest, most comprehensive health system in Georgia. The Woodruff Health Sciences Center has a $2.3 billion budget, 17,000 employees, 2,300 full-time and 1,900 affiliated faculty, 4,300 students and trainees, and a $4.9 billion economic impact on metro Atlanta.

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