A reminder that today at 12:15 in the OHSU Old Library Auditorium, we will be kicking off the 2008-09 season of the OHSU History of Medicine Society Lecture Series. The event is free and open to the public, so please join us!
“Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers: Yesterday and Tomorrow”
Guest speaker: Joseph B. McCormick, M.D., Regional Dean and James Steele Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center
Friday November 21, 2008
Public lecture: 12:15 p.m.
Refreshments served at noon
Location: Old Library Auditorium
In 1977, Dr. McCormick founded the CDC Lassa fever Research Project in Sierra Leone. There, he conducted extensive and definitive studies of the epidemiology and treatment of Lassa hemorrhagic fever, publishing a landmark publication in the New England Journal of Medicine on effective antiviral treatment for this disease.
He returned to Atlanta in 1979 and became Chief, Special Pathogens Branch, Division of Viral Diseases at the CDC, directing the Biosafety level 4 laboratories for 9 years. He subsequently led the original team that did the first AIDS investigation in Africa and established the Project SIDA in Kinshasa, Zaire, and later the Project Retro-Ci in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. In 1993, he became Chairman, Community Health Sciences Department, at the Aga Khan University Medical School (AKU) where he established an epidemiology program resembling the CDC Field Epidemiology Training Programs, and a Masters' degree in Epidemiology. In 1997 he moved to France where he founded epidemiology programs for the Institute Pasteur and for Aventis Pasteur. He returned to the US in 2001 to start a new regional campus of the UT-Houston School of Public Health in Brownsville.