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Global Health Security Threats
Are We Prepared?

Thursday, October 27, 2016, 9 am-12 pm
Newseum, Knight Conference Room
555 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20001

Zika. Ebola. H1N1.
In evolving health crises, speed counts.
Get the latest insights from the hot zones.

Abt Associates and distinguished speakers discussed the causes and consequences of infectious disease pandemics.


Christopher Spera, Ph.D.
Division Vice President, U.S. Health


Ambassador Jimmy Kolker
Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services


Peter J. Hotez, MD, PhD
Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine

John Brownstein, PhD
Chief Innovation Officer
Boston Children’s Hospital

Irene Koek
Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator
USAID Global Health Bureau

Moderator: Diana Silimperi, MD
Division Vice President, International Health
Abt Associates



Thomas Inglesby, MD
Director and CEO
UPMC Center for Health Security

Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, PhD, JD
Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs
U.S. Department of State

José F. Cordero, MD, MPH
Department Head and Professor of Public Health
University of Georgia;
Former Dean, University of Puerto Rico Graduate School of Public Health

Moderator: Gavin Macgregor-Skinner, BVSc, MSc, MPH, MRCVS
Principal Associate, Global Health Security, Abt Associates
Assistant Professor, Penn State Hershey Medical College

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