28 May 2015 5:00pm - 6:30pm SG1/2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge


From Response to Recovery and Beyond: the Role of National Public Health Institutes in Complex Health Emergencies

Free and open to all, but please register.

Speaker: Dr Ezra Barzilay, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta

Chair: Dr Christos Lynteris, CRASSH

Discussant: Dr Mark Salter, Consultant in Global Health, Public Health England


Dr Ezra Barzilay, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, will talk about Disaster Response and Recovery in the context of the recent Ebola outbreaks in West Africa.

Dr Barzilay will talk about the immediate, post-disaster response phase of complex health emergencies and how immediate disaster response differs from longer term reconstruction.

What does the transition from response to reconstruction look like? And what role can National Public Health Institutes play in advancing the clock on reconstruction and beyond?

For information, contact plague@crassh.cam.ac.uk

About the speaker:

Ezra J. Barzilay hails from Greece and is a pediatrician by training and joied the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2004, training in the Epidemic Intelligence Service. He is currently technical lead of the National Public Health Institute Program in the Center for Global Health. Previously, he was the lead epidemiologist for the Health System Reconstruction Office, after serving as the Deputy Incident Manager for the 2010-2011 Haiti Cholera Response of the CDC's Emergency Operations. Prior to that, Dr Barzilay led the U.S. National Surveillance Team for Enteric Diseases in the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases at CDC.

Dr Barzilay received his Bachelors and Medical degrees from Tufts University in Boston, MA. He completed a residency in pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals and then joined the Epidemic Intelligence Service at CDC to train in infectious disease epidemiology and is board-certified in pediatrics. Fluent in seven languages, Dr Barzilay's field experience includes disease surveillance, international public health interventions, disaster response, outbreak investigations, and serving as a trainer and expert consultant for the World Health Organization.

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