Southwestern Medical Foundation Public Forum

Bird Flu: How Concerned Should I Be?

Thursday, May 25, 6-7 p.m.

A free public forum designed to provide information about avian influenza, commonly known as bird flu, will be held in the Tom and Lula Gooch Auditorium on the South Campus.

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Sponsored by the Southwestern Medical Foundation and UT Southwestern, four infectious disease and epidemiology experts will cover all aspects of influenza, from a history of pandemics to vaccination programs and the management of such diseases.

Dr. Robert Haley, chief of epidemiology at UT Southwestern, will moderate the discussion. A professor of internal medicine, Dr. Haley started his career in the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Forum panelists will include:

  • Dr. Robert Munford, professor of internal medicine and microbiology and an infectious disease specialist, will speak on the history of pandemic influenza.
  • Dr. Beth Levine, chief of infectious diseases and professor of internal medicine and microbiology, will address how the influenza virus causes illness and mutates.
  • Dr. James Luby, professor of internal medicine, will discuss vaccines, antiviral medications and personal infection control measures.