MARCE Conference 2013
MARCE Conference Addresses Public Health Preparedness for Emerging and Re-Emerging Diseases from a Domestic and International Perspective
On January 28th, 2013, the Middle Atlantic Regional Center for Excellence in Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases (MARCE) and CHHS held the 4th annual Public Health Emergency Preparedness Conference at the Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center in Ellicott City, Maryland.
This year’s conference focused on Preparedness for Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases both domestically and throughout the world. The keynote speaker was Frederick A. Murphy, DVM, PhD, a renowned Professor with the Department of Pathology at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Dr. Murphy offered an enlightened personal perspective of his own experiences mirrored through historical analysis and an unpredictable future.
Panelists included subject matter experts from state and local health departments, academic institutions, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, Germany’s Bundeswehr Institute of Microbiology, and an anthropologist studying human behavior and public health in Central Africa. Conference attendees represented a wide range of backgrounds that included various levels of government, local public health agencies, hospitals, emergency management agencies, and academic institutions.
A recurring theme throughout panelists’ presentations and interactive discussions with attendees was the implications of a changing world as a result of climate change, globalization, and a shortage of generational interest in scientific studies. Participants were heartened to find numerous individuals from various fields striving to conquer similar challenges. While there may be no easy answers, the MARCE-CHHS Public Health Preparedness Conference allowed participants to share multi- disciplinary best practices in an effort to improve elements of preparedness on an international scale.