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Media Contact: Holly Korschun 15 December 2004    
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Director of CDC's National Center for Infectious Diseases Will Join Emory
James M. Hughes, MD, director of the National Center for Infectious Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and an Assistant Surgeon General in the U.S. Public Health Service, will leave CDC next spring to join the faculties of Emory University School of Medicine and the Rollins School of Public Health.

At Emory, Dr. Hughes is expected to build a nationally recognized scientific program focused on understanding and preventing international infectious diseases. He will direct both a new Emory Program in Global Infectious Diseases and the Emory Center for Global Safe Water.

Dr. Hughes will hold joint appointments as Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Emory University School of Medicine and as Professor of International Health, Rollins School of Public Health.

As Director of the National Center for Infectious Diseases since 1992, Dr. Hughes has overseen the activities of more than 1,300 individuals working to address domestic and global challenges posed by foodborne, waterborne, vector-borne, zoonotic and healthcare-associated infections; antimicrobial resistance; and bioterrorism.

The Emory programs in Global Infectious Diseases and Global Safe Water will include infectious diseases prevention, international epidemiology and vaccines, and clinical and field trials development. Both domestic and global partnerships will be developed.

"We are delighted that Dr. Hughes is joining our faculty in this important collaborative role," said Thomas J. Lawley, MD, dean of Emory University School of Medicine. "There is no greater global medical problem today than the prevention of infectious diseases, and Dr. Hughes is a proven and superlative leader."

"Dr. Hughes will be the ideal director for our new Emory Center for Global Safe Water, which is a partnership among Emory, CARE USA, the CDC, and Population Services International," said James Curran, MD, MPH, dean of Rollins School of Public Health. "His numerous accomplishments, along with his strong relationships throughout the globe, will be invaluable to Emory as we accelerate our international work in infectious diseases."

Dr. Hughes first joined CDC as an officer in the Epidemic Intelligence Service, serving from 1973 to 1975 and then returning to CDC in 1978. He worked initially on foodborne and waterborne diseases both domestically and internationally and subsequently on infection control in healthcare settings, serving as Director of CDC's Hospital Infections Program from 1983 to 1988. He was named Deputy Director of the National Center for Infectious Diseases in 1988 and became Director in 1992. Dr. Hughes received his B.A. and M.D. from Stanford University and completed postgraduate training in internal medicine at the University of Washington; in infectious diseases at the University of Virginia; and in preventive medicine at the CDC.

Dr. Hughes is a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American College of Physicians. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Advisory Board for the Centre of Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the Global Health Diagnostics Forum of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He is a member (Ex Officio) of the National Advisory Allergy and Infectious Diseases Council, NIAID, NIH, and of the IOM Forum on Emerging Infections. He has served as a member of the World Health Organization's (WHO) Advisory Committee on Variola Virus Research since 1999 and as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the WHO Department of Communicable Disease Surveillance and Response since 2002.

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