NEW YORK – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will hold its 66th Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Conference April 24–27, 2017, in Atlanta. The event showcases recent groundbreaking and often life-saving investigations by EIS officers—better known as CDC’s disease detectives.
The conference includes a special session featuring EIS officers describing their work responding to the Zika virus outbreak, Laboratory Leadership Service (LLS) fellows reporting on their efforts to advance laboratory biosafety and quality, and a media-availability session with EIS officers fresh off of the front lines of battling emerging health threats. Other sessions include reports on diseases spread from animals to people, STDs and HIV, environmental and occupational exposures, emerging infections, disease outbreaks associated with healthcare facilities, foodborne outbreaks, child health, drug-related illness, and unintentional injuries.
CDC Acting Director Anne Schuchat, M.D. (RADM U.S. Public Health Service), will open the conference with remarks on Monday morning, April 24.
A central feature of every EIS conference is the Alexander D. Langmuir Lecture, the preeminent public health lecture in the United States. Langmuir Lecture speakers have included Abraham Lilienfeld, Sir Richard Doll, Geoffrey Rose, Jonas Salk, and other prominent public health thought leaders and researchers. This year’s speaker is Sandro Galea, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H., a renowned epidemiologist interested in society’s impact on urban health, including health inequalities and the health of vulnerable populations. Dr. Galea is the Robert A. Knox Professor and Dean at the Boston University School of Public Health.
During the past year, EIS officers and LLS fellows have supported CDC’s response to numerous public health threats. Noteworthy presentations at this year’s conference include:
The EIS digital press kit has full abstracts and downloadable photos of these investigations.
Members of the media interested in attending the conference should contact the CDC Media Office at 404-639-3286 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit https://www.cdc.gov/eis/conference.html for more information.