Ruth L. Berkelman, MD, Rollins Professor of Public Health and director of the Center for Public Health Preparedness and Research at Emory University, will deliver a Great Teachers Lecture Thursday, Sept. 9 on "The Cost of Terror, The Price of Protection: A Public Health Perspective."
The lecture is free and open to the public at the University's Miller-Ward Alumni House, 815 Houston Mill Road, from 7:30 - 9 p.m. Free parking is available. For further information, contact the Emory Center for Lifelong Learning at 404-727-6000.
Long before 9/11, Dr. Ruth L. Berkelman was at the forefront of the public health effort to prepare for the threat of emerging infectious diseases. In her roles as assistant surgeon general of the U.S. Public Health Service and as deputy director of the National Center for Infectious Diseases, she confronted head on the critical need to develop strategies against the new and reemerging biological pathogens identified over the past two decades. Now with the additional looming threat of bioterrorism, Dr. Berkelman is using her public health skills to lead a team of faculty, staff and students in programs of training, education and consultation to respond to biologic threats.
At Emory's Rollins School of Public Health, Dr. Berkelman directs research teams, training programs and student response teams and collaborates with local, state and federal public health leaders, other academic medical centers and business leaders to prepare to respond to biologic and other threats, no matter what their origin.
In her Great Teachers Lecture, Dr. Berkelman will discuss the newest challenges and potential of infectious diseases, both natural and man-made, and the active role her center plays in anticipating, preparing for, and preventing urgent threats to public health.
Dr. Berkelman joined the Rollins School of Public Health after retiring in 2000 from the U.S. Public Health Service with the rank of assistant surgeon general. From 1998-2000 she served as senior adviser to the director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. From 1992-1997, she was deputy director of the National Center for Infectious Diseases and led CDC¹s efforts to respond to the threat of emerging infectious diseases. She is published widely in infectious diseases and disease surveillance literature. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Berkelman is board certified in pediatrics and internal medicine.
Dr. Berkelman recently was appointed chair of the American Society of Microbiology¹s Public and Scientific Affairs Board, an organization representing more than 40,000 individuals dedicated to advancement of the microbiologic sciences and their application for the common good. She is also a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and a member of the American Epidemiological Society. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine¹s Forum on Emerging Infections and a member of the National Academies¹ Board of Life Sciences. She formerly served as a consultant to the Nuclear Threat Initiative (established by Ted Turner and headed by former Senator Sam Nunn) on issues related to non-proliferation of biologic weapons and global public health surveillance.