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MEDIA ADVISORY: University of Michigan experts available to discuss swine flu
April 27, 2009, UM SPH release
Contact: Laura Bailey, (734) 764-1552 or (734) 647-1848 or (517)
ANN ARBOR, Mich.---The University of Michigan School of Public Health and the U-M Health System have several experts available to discuss various aspects of the recent swine flu outbreak, including disease transmission, nonpharmaceutical interventions, antiviral resistance, quarantine, viruses and trauma.
Allison Aiello, John G. Searle assistant professor of epidemiology at
the School of Public Health, is an infectious disease expert. She can
discuss aspects of identification, transmission, prevention, mitigation
and social response to influenza outbreaks and pandemic planning,
including rapid testing, transmission modes, vaccination uptake, and
nonpharmaceutical intervention measures such as mask use, hand hygiene,
social distancing and quarantine. Contact: 734-615-9213, email@example.com.
Arnold Monto, M.D., professor of epidemiology at the School of Public
Health, is a nationally known expert on influenza. He can discuss
transmission, prevention, mitigation and social response to influenza
outbreaks and pandemic planning, including rapid testing, transmission
modes, vaccination uptake, and nonpharmaceutical intervention measures
such as mask use, hand hygiene, social distancing and quarantine. Monto
served on the advisory board to the National Institute of Allergy and
Infectious Diseases and consults each year on the design of the annual
Matthew Boulton, M.D. associate dean for practice and associate
Peter Jacobson, professor of health management and policy at the School
of Public Health, can discuss the legal issues of quarantine. His
research focuses on the relationship between law and health care
delivery and policy. Contact: 734-936-0928; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark Wilson, professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health,
can discuss disease transmission, global patterns of disease and
relationship to human activity. Contact: 734- 936-0152; email@example.com.
James Koopman, M.D., professor of epidemiology at the School of Public
Health, can discuss quarantine, influenza, transmission and antiviral
resistance. Koopman's current project with the Center for Advancing
Microbial Risk Assessment at Michigan State University looks at how flu
virus spreads in different environments, such as a school or an office. Contact: 734-763-5629; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sandro Galeo, M.D., professor of epidemiology at the School of Public
Health and director of the Center for Global Health, can discuss the
effects of mass trauma on populations. Galea's research examines the
health of populations in the global context. His work involves data
collection in many countries worldwide, analysis of large global
datasets and theoretic development. Specifically, Galea explores social
and economic determinants of population health, epidemiology of mental
health and substance use, and consequences of conflict and mass trauma. Contact: 734-647-9741; email@example.com.
JoLynn Montgomery, research investigator at the School of Public Health,
can discuss influenza from a population perspective, control of disease,
health departments' responses to outbreaks, personal protective measures
and nonpharmaceutical interventions. Montgomery's research focuses
primarily on applied epidemiology and public health practice with
specialization in control of communicable diseases, disease surveillance
systems, data security and public health emergency preparedness and
response. Contact: 734-763-2330; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sonja Gerrard, associate professor at the School of Public Health, is a
virologist who studies innate immune responses to viruses and viral
mechanisms for evading immunity. Her interest also includes the
development of broad-spectrum antivirals that target replication and the
design of novel attenuated vaccine strains. Contact: 734-615-8491; email@example.com.
Betsy Foxman, professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health, directs the UM Center for Molecular and Clinical Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases. Can discuss the epidemiology of influenza, the origins and spread of anti-viral resistance, and how influenza is transmitted among humans and between humans and animals, and ways to prevent transmission. Foxman's research focuses on molecular, clinical, and epidemiology factors affecting disease transmission. Contact: (734-764-5487; firstname.lastname@example.org
Howard Markel, M.D., professor of medicine, public health and history at
the U-M Health System, is an expert on pandemics. Markel can discuss
parallels between the Great Pandemic of 1918 and current emerging
pandemic threats, including the medical, social and historical
implications of civil restrictions and interventions. Markel's projects
with the Centers for Disease Control examine the impact of
nonpharmaceutical interventions in 1918 on major American cities and his
findings have helped to shape pandemic preparedness guidelines at the
CDC and World Health Organization. Contact: 734-647-6914; email@example.com.
For reporters seeking information on the U-M Health System's clinical response or precautions, call the U-M Health System Public Relations at 734-764-2220.