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Meeting Report: The 2009 H1N1 Experience

Matthew Watson
Date posted:
March 05, 2010
Publication type:
Meeting report

Center for Biosecurity of UPMC, March 5, 2010


On March 5, 2010, the Center for Biosecurity of UPMC convened an invitational conference in Washington, DC, The 2009 H1N1 Experience: Policy Implications for Future Infectious Disease Emergencies, to review the most significant lessons learned from the response to the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic and to consider policy implications for future infectious disease emergencies. More than 140 participants attended, including federal and state government officials, congressional staff, policy analysts, academics, members of the media, and experienced practitioners from medicine, public health, and emergency management. The conference included speeches by:

  • Dr. Nicole Lurie, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Department of Health and Human Services

  • Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Dr. Richard Besser, Senior Health and Medical Editor, ABC News

  • Col. Randall Larsen, Executive Director, Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism

In addition, 3 panels of distinguished experts explored some of the most challenging questions that arose over the past year and their implications for future public health and medical responses.



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