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Dean’s Symposium on Ebola

Crisis, Context and Response

Ebola Virus under a microscope

On Tuesday, October 14, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health hosted a symposium on the Ebola epidemic—one of the most significant public health challenges in recent memory. WHO reports more than 8,000 cases and more than 3,800 deaths as of October 5 in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. The situation in those three most affected countries continues to deteriorate with widespread and persistent transmission. There is no evidence that the epidemic is being brought under control. Most experts believe the known cases and deaths are significantly underreported. WHO also reports that 401 health care workers have been infected and 232 have died.

An Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been attributed to a separate introduction of the virus into humans. There also have been imported cases in Senegal, Nigeria and the U.S. In addition, the first documented transmission of Ebola virus outside of the West Africa has occurred in Spain. 

Speakers

Speakers discussed the impact of the West Africa epidemic, current and future response, the status of vaccines and possible pharmacologic therapies, recommendations to prevent spread of the disease outside of West Africa, and other issues.

  • Ronald J. Daniels, JD, LLM, president, Johns Hopkins University
  • Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH ’87, dean, JHSPH
  • Andrew Pekosz, PhD, associate professor, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, JHSPH
  • Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health and Director, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), University of Minnesota
  • Trish Perl, MD, MSc, professor, Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and senior epidemiologist, Johns Hopkins Health System
  • David Peters, MD, Chair, International Health, JHSPH
  • Nancy Kass, ScD, Deputy Director for Public Health, Berman Institute of Bioethics, Johns Hopkins University
  • Richard Rothman, MD, PhD, vice chair, Emergency Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Joshua Epstein, PhD, professor, Emergency Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Joshua Michaud, PhD, International Development, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University
  • Peter Jahrling, PhD, chief scientist, NIAID Integrated Research Facility
  • Peter Agre, MD, director of the Malaria Research Institute, JHSPH
  • Joshua Sharfstein, MD, Maryland’s Secretary of Health & Mental Hygiene
  • Gabor "Gabe" Kelen, MD, chair, Emergency Medicine; director, Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Derek A.T. Cummings, PhD, associate professor, Department of Epidemiology, JHSPH
  • William “Bill” Glass, director of Strategic Communication Programs, Center for Communication Programs, JHSPH
  • Lenny Bernstein, health correspondent, Washington Post

Please continue to follow this important conversation on Twitter @JohnsHopkinsSPH #EbolaForum for post-Forum news updates.

More Information

Email: jhsph.events@jhu.edu

Part 1: Fighting Ebola as a community

Ebola Crisis Dean's Symposium

16:00

October 15, 2014

Dean’s Symposium on Ebola: Crisis, Context and Response "Be Helpful, Stay Helpful: A Community Based Strategy to Fight Ebola" By David Peters, MD, Chair, International Health, JHSPH

Part 2: Lessons from past & present Outbreaks

Ebola Crisis Dean's Symposium

16:32

October 15, 2014

Dean’s Symposium on Ebola: Crisis, Context and Response "Rethinking Care: Lessons from the current and previous Ebola outbreaks" By Trish Perl, MD, MSc, Professor, Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and Senior Epidemiologist, Johns Hopkins Health System

Part 3: Financing Global Response to Ebola

Ebola Crisis Dean's Symposium

18:10

October 15, 2014

Dean’s Symposium on Ebola: Crisis, Context and Response "Financing and Governing the Global Response to Ebola: Are we where we need to be?" By Joshua Michaud, PhD, International Development, SAIS, Johns

Part 4: Experimental Treatment for Ebola

Ebola Crisis Dean's Symposium

20:08

October 15, 2014

Dean’s Symposium on Ebola: Crisis, Context and Response "Overview of Lead Experimental Medical Countermeasures for Ebola & Product-Specific Considerations" By Peter Jahrling, PhD, Chief Scientist, NIAID Integrated Research

Part 5: Immediate & Long Term Ebola Modeling

Ebola Crisis Dean's Symposium

22:29

October 15, 2014

Dean’s Symposium on Ebola: Crisis, Context and Response "Ebola Modeling for the Immediate and Long Term" By Joshua Epstein, PhD, Professor, Emergency Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Part 6: Challenges for Unprepared Health Systems

Ebola Crisis Dean's Symposium

34:21

October 20, 2014

Dean’s Symposium on Ebola: Crisis, Context and Response As the featured speaker, Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health and Director, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), University of Minnesota, discusses how the current Ebola epidemic presents an immense challenge to unprepared national and global health systems.

Part 7: Experts Discuss Ebola Outbreak

Ebola Crisis Dean's Symposium

1:21:36

October 17, 2014

Dean’s Symposium on Ebola: Crisis, Context and Response A multidisciplinary panel, moderated by Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD, Maryland's Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene, discusses topics ranging from healthcare infrastructure to interventions.