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Infectious disease expert to talk about outbreaks

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, is expected to lead a panel on disaster preparedness today at Johns Hopkins as part of the university’s speakers series.

The free public event will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and bring together other public health officials to discuss how planning for, and responding to, disease outbreaks has changed in today’s wired and technologically mobile society, according to Hopkins.

Officials said the topic was chosen partially because of the popularity of the film “Contagion,” a Hollywood version of a global disease outbreak.

Also part of the discussion will involve the real H1N1 flu outbreak in 2009, multi-drug resistant TB from 2007 and severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, in 2002-2003.

Also on the panel will be:

+Katherine Clegg Smith, a sociologist with expertise in how people respond during an outbreak to news and social media
+Jonathan Links, a Johns Hopkins medical physicist, and Baltimore City's pandemic and influenza planning advisor
+Joshua Epstein, an expert in social and behavioral computer modeling of disease outbreaks and their spread
+Dr. Khalil Ghanem, an internist and infectious disease specialist
+Atul Nakhasi, first-year Johns Hopkins medical student and chairperson of the Speaker series
+Dr. Tom Quinn, an infectious disease specialist and expert in the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, especially HIV/AIDS, as well as director of Johns Hopkins' Center for Global Health, and event moderator

The event will take place in the Anne and Mike Armstrong Medical Education Building at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1600 McElderry St., in Baltimore. Parking is available in the nearby McElderry Street Garage. Here is a campus map.

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