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Inaugural Aileen Plant Memorial Lecture

Media release

C109/08

Inaugural Aileen Plant Memorial Lecture
Presentation by world renowned epidemiologist, Dr David Heymann

Dilemmas in Public Health: From Smallpox Eradication to SARS, Avian Influenza And Polio Eradication

Thursday 17 April 2008
5.30pm – 7.30pm
Building 213
Curtin University of Technology
Kent Street, Bentley

Refreshments will follow the lecture

The inaugural Aileen Plant Memorial Lecture will be presented by Dr David Heymann, who is credited with helping discover Ebola and Legionnaires diseases, exterminating smallpox and stopping the spread of SARS.

Dr Heymann has been described by leading medical journal The Lancet as the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) ‘public health guru.’

He is currently the Assistant Director-General – Health Security and Environment and Representative of the Director-General for Polio-eradication at the WHO.

Before joining the WHO, Dr Heymann worked for 13 years as a medical epidemiologist in sub-Saharan Africa on assignment from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr Heymann also worked for two years in India as a medical epidemiologist in the WHO Smallpox Eradication Programme.

Aileen Plant was Professor of International Health and Deputy Chief Executive Office of the Australian Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre for Emerging Infectious Disease at Curtin University of Technology. She was one of the WHO’s leading experst in outbreak investigation. She was a member of the National Influenza Pandemic Action Committee chairing its Research Committee and a member of the Expert Advisory Group for the Chief medical Officer for Australia. At the height of the SARS epidemic she lead WHO’s investigation in Vietnam.

NOTE TO COS/Editor: Media are welcome to attend and are asked to RSVP to Ann Marie Lim on 0401 103 532 or 9266 4241 or ann.lim@curtin.edu.au.

Free parking is available in Carpark P3 (Enter via Kent Street and follow the signs). All bays are open to the public except those marked as disabled parking.

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