DGHI Simulates Infectious Disease Outbreak for Winter Forum PANDEMIC 2011

January 11, 2011
U.S. Assistant Surgeon General Anne Schuchat gave the keynote speech at Winter Forum.

As part of Winter Forum PANDEMIC 2011, more than 100 Duke undergraduate students from all corners of campus came together to bear on the key issues surrounding pandemics. The 3-day educational event sponsored by the Duke Global Health Institute and the Office of Undergraduate Education, which wrapped up earlier tonight, was marked by a fake disease outbreak in China, which students quickly learned involved key administrators at Duke.

The event kicked off on Sunday evening with a keynote address by U.S. Assistant Surgeon General Anne Schuchat and students soon began grappling with important questions related to emergency preparedness, surveillance, response, vaccine development and access, ethics and the role of the public and media. 

A myriad of technologies were used to inform and involve students, such as an interactive Wordpress blog, videos, pre-recorded breaking news segments, lectures by pandemic experts in Beijing, China and Harvard via Cisco TelePresence on three 103-inch plasma displays, allowing for an immersive and life-like communications experience.

Get a glimpse into PANDEMIC 2011 and hear from the students about their experiences in this video.

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