Ebola Conference 2014

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(0:00) Welcome and Opening Remarks
(11:30) Jeffrey Sachs, PhD
(28:55) Irwin Redlener, MD

(32:01-59:17) Covering an Epidemic – What We’re Learning from Ebola and What Journalists Need to Know
(32:00 & 36:55) Richard Besser, MD
(31:04 & 33:24) Celia Dugger

(59:32) Panel 1: Ebola Fundamentals: What are the Major Challenges?
Moderator: Jeff Schlegelmilch
(1:01:07) Ranu Dhillon, MD
(1:10:17-1:15:34) Sheri Fink, MD
(1:15:45-1:21:36) Anne Liu, MPH
(1:22:05-1:36:32) Robert Kanter, MD

(2:15:56) Panel 2: Is Science Keeping Up with the Demands of Ebola – and Challenges to Come?
Moderator: David Abramson, PhD, MPH
(2:37:51-2:54:05) Robert Klitzman, MD
(2:18:03-2:36:47) Stephen Morse, PhD

(3:17:51) Closing Remarks
(3:18:02-3:32:45) Chernor Bah, MA
(3:32:46) Jeffrey Sachs, PhD
(3:35:27) Irwin Redlener, MD


October 27, 2014 | 1:00pm-5:00pm EST
Faculty House, Columbia University
64 Morningside Drive, New York, NY
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The Ebola crisis is growing, requiring a massive emergency response. The National Center for Disaster Preparedness (@columbia_ncdp), in collaboration with the Earth Institute (@earthinstitute), will bring together experts and stakeholders for a timely and educational conference on the Ebola outbreak.

Please join us in-person or via the web for a multi-disciplinary dialogue which will focus on how best to curb the epidemic, understand its impacts—particularly in terms of bioethical and sustainability implications—and mitigate future high-fatality events.

Detailed Program Now Available (Updated 10/24/14): View Here

Hosted By:

  • Jeffrey D. Sachs, PhD, Director, The Earth Institute, Columbia University | @JeffDSachs
  • Irwin Redlener, MD, Director, National Center for Disaster Preparedness, The Earth Institute, Columbia University | @IrwinRedlenerMD 

Moderated By:

  • David Abramson, PhD MPH, Deputy Director, National Center for Disaster Preparedness
  • Jeff Schlegelmilch, MPH MBA, Managing Director for Strategic Planning and Operations, National Center for Disaster Preparedness | @jeffschlegel


  • Chernor Bah, MA, Sierra Leonean Peace Activist and Chair, Youth Advocacy Group, UN Global Education First Initiative | @Cee_Bah
  • Richard Besser, MD, ABC News Chief Medical Editor; former Acting Director, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | @DrRichardBesser 
  • Ranu Dhillon, MD, Senior Health Advisor, Earth Institute and Adjunct Assistant Professor, SIPA; Columbia University | @RanuDhillon
  • Celia Duggar, Deputy Science Editor for Health, The New York Times |  @celiaduggar
  • Robert Kanter, MD, Adjunct Senior Research Scientist; Professor of Pediatrics, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine; Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
  • Robert Klitzman, MD, Professor of Psychiatry; Director, Masters of Bioethics Program; Director, Ethics, Policy and Human Rights Core, HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, Columbia University | @RobertKlitzman   
  • Anne Liu, MPH, Program Manager, Health Systems Development, Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development, Earth Institute, Columbia University
  • Stephen Morse, PhD, Director, Infectious Disease Epidemiology Certificate program, Professor of Epidemiology, Columbia University Medical Center | @drSteveMorse 
  • Jay Varma, MD, Deputy Commissioner for Disease Control, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and former Medical Epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | @DrJayVarma

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