Press Release for Tuesday, March 29, 2005

The Globalization of Disease to be Discussed

Contact Sharon Ashton
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2115

Dr. James Hughes, the former director of the National Center for Infectious Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will lecture on “The Globalization of Disease” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20 at the UNF University Center. The lecture is free and open to the public. It is part of the Distinguished Voices Lecture Series and is co-hosted by the University of North Florida and the World Affairs Council Global Issues Forum. Tickets are not required.

During his 30 years at the CDC, Hughes worked with food-borne and water-borne diseases and infection control in healthcare settings. His work addressed domestic and global challenges posed by emerging infectious diseases and the threat of bioterrorism. Recently, Hughes left the CDC to take a position at Emory University in Atlanta, as the director of the Emory Center for Global Safe Water, director of the Emory Program in Global Infectious Diseases and associate director of the Southeastern Center for Emerging Biological Threats. He is also a professor of Medicine at Emory.

Hughes has received numerous awards and honors, including the 2001 Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service, Department of Health and Human Services, for his contributions to the CDC’s response to the outbreak of the West Nile Virus in the Northeast United States.

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