MEDIA ADVISORY: Leading Tuberculosis Experts to Gather at UCSF Symposium

WHAT: World-renowned scientists and public health experts will present the latest science and treatment strategies for tuberculosis (TB) at “The Century Ahead: Tuberculosis Science, Public Health and Policy,” a symposium marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of California’s TB control program. The event celebrates 20 years of accomplishments of the UC San Francisco (UCSF) Curry International Tuberculosis Center, the achievements of UCSF TB scientists globally and locally, and the tenacious efforts of state and local health departments to eliminate TB in California.

In addition, there will be a presentation on the history of TB in San Francisco.

WHEN: Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: UCSF Laurel Heights Campus Auditorium, 3333 California St., San Francisco CA 94118

SCHEDULE:

8 a.m. - 9 a.m. Sign In
9 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS

Jonathan Fielding, MD, MPH, MBA, Health Officer, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Moderator: Gisela Schecter, MD, MPH, Physician Consultant, California Department of Public Health

9:15 a.m. - 10 a.m.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Tuberculosis: Past, Present and Future Perfect

Peter Small, MD, Deputy Director, Tuberculosis Program, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Globalization and Public Health

George Rutherford, MD, Salvatore P. Lucia Professor of Preventive Medicine, Director, Institute for Global Health, University of California, San Francisco

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. BREAK
10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Taming the Beast: Consumption in California

Jennifer Flood, MD, MPH, Chief, Tuberculosis Control Branch, California Department of Public Health

11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Embedding Research in Tuberculosis Control Programs: The Curry Legacy

Phil Hopewell, MD, Professor in Residence, University of California, San Francisco

11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.

HOSTED LUNCH

Tuberculosis Victories in San Francisco: Then and Now

Gisela Schecter, MD, MPH, Physician Consultant, California Department of Public Health

1 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

OPENING REMARKS: afternoon session

Ron Chapman, MD, MPH, Director, California Department of Public Health

Moderator: James Watt, MD, MPH, Chief, Division of Communicable Disease Control, California Department of Public Health

1:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Promising Future Tuberculosis Discoveries

Charles L. Daley, MD, Chief, Division of Mycobacterial and Respiratory Infections, Professor, Department of Medicine, National Jewish Health

1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Modeling the Tuberculosis Trajectory

David Dowdy, MD, PhD, ScM, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Assistant Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. BREAK
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Special Delivery: Health Care Reform Effects on Public Health and Access to Tuberculosis Care

Mitchell Katz, MD, Director, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services

3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Through a National Lens: Future Directions in Public Health and Tuberculosis Control

Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH, Director, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

3:30 p.m. - 4:10 p.m.

PANEL DEBATE: Are Health Departments Needed for Tuberculosis Elimination? Why and Why Not?

Moderator: Charles L. Daley, MD, Chief, Division of Mycobacterial and Respiratory Infections; Professor, Department of Medicine, National Jewish Health

Henry Chambers III, MD, Director, Clinical Research Services; Professor, University of California San Francisco

Julie Higashi, MD, PhD, Tuberculosis Controller, San Francisco Department of Public Health

4:10 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

Challenge for the Future – Global and Local

Science – Peter Small, MD

Public Health – Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH

Policy – George Rutherford, MD

4:50 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Closing Remarks – Taking Up the Challenge

James Watt, MD, MPH

CONTACT: Media interested in covering the event and/or setting up interviews with speakers should RSVP to Pete Farley, at pete.farley@ucsf.edu; cell: 415-317-3781

UCSF is the leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It includes top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy, a graduate division with nationally renowned programs in basic biomedical, translational and population sciences, as well as a preeminent biomedical research enterprise and two top-ranked hospitals, UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.