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Infectious Disease Working Group

Initial Coordinators:


  • Dr. Vishnu-Priya Sneller
  • Dr. Eric Noji
    Chief, Epidemic Surveillance and Emergency Response Branch, Bioterrorism, CDC

  • Many participants since the first Washington, DC GDIN "Global Disaster Information Network" Conference have seen infectious diseases as a natural disaster, sometimes as a cause of another disaster, and a factor that can undermine economic and political stability. Some are also of the view that GDIN could help spur better use of report sensing and information sharing in this field.

    As a result, one of the proposals that came out of the GDIN2000 Conference in Ankara, Turkey was to create an Infectious Disease Working Group. A discussion of this proposal was held during the summer of 2000 at the United States Institute of Peace and at GDIN2001 in Canberra, Australia in March, 2001 and GDIN2002 in Rome, Italy. There was broad agreement that GDIN needed to foster this effort, perhaps even develop an infectious disease information sharing service. Several papers were also developed on specific disease threats to relief workers.

    The Infectious Disease Working Group expected a lively debate on infectious disease information issues at GDIN2004 and inviteed comments in advance.

Deliverables Presented at GDIN2004, Washington, DC, March 26-29, 2004:
  • Now being discussed by Infectious Disease Working Group.

Initial Participants:

  • Dr. Vishnu-Priya Sneller, CDC
  • Dr. Eric Noji, Chief, Epidemic Surveillance and Emergency Response Branch, Bioterrorism, CDC
  • Robert J. Coullahan (BIO) , Assistant Vice President Disaster Preparedness & Consequence Management Programs, Science Applications International Corporation
  • Stacey Arnesen, National Library of Medicine
  • Dr. Renerri Guerra, MD, Director General, International Relations, Istituto Superiore di Sanita
  • Dr. Vittorio Dionori, MD, Science Advisor, Embassy of Italy, Washington, DC
  • Dr. Rashid Chotani, Rashid, Assistant Professor & Director, Global Infectious Diseases Surveillance & Alert System -- Johns Hopkins, University Hospital
  • Dr. James Wilson, MD, Georgetown University Hospital
  • Jennifer Harar, Account Manager for Health and Human Services, ESRI
  • Dr. Nancy Mock, Tulane University
  • Dr. Alfred P. Dufour, PhD, Senior Research Microbiologist, National Exposure Research Laboratory, EPA
  • Dr. Elettra Ronchi, PhD, OECD, Paris, France
  • Basia Tomczyk, RN, MPH, International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch, CDC, Atlanta, GA
  • Dr. Keith Carter, MD, MPH, Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief, PAHO
  • Lt. Col. (Dr) Harinder Ratti, DGAFMS, India
  • Karen Becker, DVM, MPH, Special Assistant for International Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Health Emergency Preparedness, US DHHS
  • James Pearson, DVM, The World Organization for Animal Health (formerly Organization Internationale des Epizooties-World)
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