New England Experts to Dicuss Ebola Preparedness and Response at Nov. 7 Forum at BU

NEC to Host “The Truth about Ebola for New England” on Nov. 7

The outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa has now become a global health threat.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that “in a worst-case scenario, cases could reach 1.4 million in four months.”  Medical experts from New England are on the front lines in responding to and containing the current outbreak, and in helping to ensure that the American medical system is prepared to handle its potential spread within the United States.With new media reports about the Ebola outbreak each day, the New England Council invites you to discuss this global public health threat with a panel of regional medical and public health experts. The Council will host “The Truth About Ebola For New England: Fact vs. Hype” on Friday, November 7, 2014 at Boston University’s National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories.

The Truth About Ebola For New England: Fact vs. Hype
Friday, November 7, 2014
9:30 a.m. – Check-in & Coffree
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Program
BU’s National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories
620A Albany Street, Boston, MA

The panel will address various elements of U.S. and international responses to the ongoing outbreak, as well as other issues, including health system preparedness; protocols for screening and containment; travel and transport issues; research and development of Ebola treatments and vaccines; the appropriate use of experimental drugs; whether U.S. programs have appropriately improved our preparedness for emerging infectious diseases; and what measures the business community can take to assist with these efforts.
Participants Confirmed to Date:
  • Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, MD Director of Infection Control, Boston University National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories
  • Dr. Paul D. Biddinger, MDDirector of Operations for Emergency Medicine and Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Dr. Jamie Childs, ScD – Senior Research Scientist & Lecturer in Epidemiology, Yale School of Public Health
  • Dr. Ronald B. Corley, PhD – Director, Boston University National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories

**Please note that registrants will be required to provide full legal name and date of birth for security purposes. Space is limited and the deadline for registration is October 30, 2014. Thanks to the generous support of NEC member Boston University, there is no cost to attend this event, but advanced registration is required for security clearance.**

If you have questions, please contact David O’Donnell at 617-723-4009 or

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