Media Advisory: Public symposium to offer Ebola insight from diverse experts

Who and What: A two-night symposium,Ebola: At Home And Abroad,” to bring together two panels of diverse experts to discuss the socio-political context and effects of the Ebola disease in West Africa. Q&As and receptions will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

When and Where: Feb. 12th & 13th, 7-8:30 p.m., Kulynych Auditorium, Byrum Welcome Center

Why: The symposium is being sponsored and organized by Pat Lord, Ph.D, department of biology, and Ana Iltis, Ph.D., director, Center for Bioethics, Health & Society; department of philosophy. Lord’s virology course students are preparing a website that will provide the public with basic information about Ebola.

Thursday night panelists include:

  • Nathan Plageman, Ph.D., Department of History, Wake Forest University
  • Christine Bishop, M.D., Pediatrics, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
  • Jon Abramson, M.D., Pediatrics, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
  • Christine Coughlin, J.D., School of Law, Wake Forest University

Friday night panelists include:

  • Adam Bjork, Ph.D., Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
  • Nancy King, J.D., Co-director, Center for Bioethics, Health & Society, department of social sciences & health policy, Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • Ajay Patel, Ph.D., School of Business; Director, Center for Enterprise Research & Education, Wake Forest University

“This symposium is not just to talk about the Ebola disease itself but its effects on the local economies in West Africa, vaccine research, as well as legal and ethical issues related to quarantine and interventions,” said Lord. “We are fortunate to be able to have such experts in their fields discuss potential ramifications of this outbreak.”


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