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Ebola experts discuss treatment, prevention at upcoming Grand Rounds

By Melva Robertson | Sept. 16, 2014

Emory clinical and public health experts will describe Emory’s treatment of patients with Ebola virus disease as well as the expanding Ebola epidemic in West Africa at a Public Health Sciences Grand Rounds symposium.

The presentation will take place Friday, Sept. 19, from 12:15-1:30 p.m. in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Administration Building auditorium.

Titled "Ebola at Emory: Patients to Populations," the session will include a first-hand account of an Emory physician who treated the first Ebola-infected patients treated in the United States and public health experts with research and policy experience in emerging infectious diseases and global epidemics. Panelists will discuss Ebola virus prevention and the global health challenges posed by the disease.

Marshall Lyon, associate professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Emory University School of Medicine, will serve as guest speaker. Lyon is one of the five attending physicians who treated the Ebola-infected patients. In his presentation on "How I Treat Ebola," he will explain how he and the medical team approach the complex medical challenge of treating patients infected with Ebola virus disease.

The second half of the symposium includes an expert panel discussion moderated by David Stephens, vice president for research in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center, chair of the Department of Medicine in Emory School of Medicine, director of the Division of Infectious Diseases, and chief of medicine for Emory Healthcare.

Panel participants include the following:

• James Curran, dean of the Rollins School of Public Health and founding director of the Emory Center for AIDS Research. Curran came to Emory in 1995 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he led HIV research and prevention activities.

• Carlos Del Rio, Hubert Professor and chair of the Hubert Department of Global Health at Rollins School of Public Health, professor of medicine (infectious diseases) at Emory University School of Medicine, chief of service at Emory University Hospital and co-director of the Emory Center for AIDS Research (CFAR). He recently was first author of a paper on the Ebola virus epidemic in Annals of Internal Medicine.

• James Hughes, professor of medicine (infectious diseases) at Emory University School of Medicine and professor of global health at Rollins School of Public Health. He is former president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). Prior to joining Emory in 2005, Hughes was director of the National Center for Infectious Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hughes is an expert in zoonosis, or the transmission of infectious diseases from animals to humans.

More information about the panel is available here.