The Cutler lecture webcast within the Supercourse series

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Alexandria, 20 September 2005—On Thursday, 29 September, the Second Annual John C. Cutler Global Health Lecture on the science of disasters, presented by Dr. Eric Noji, M.D., M.P.H., Senior Policy Advisor for Emergency Preparedness and Response, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, will be webcast, within the Supercourse lectures. This initiative is also a contribution to the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) of the United Nations and to its Hyogo Framework for Action to build resilience of nations and communities to disasters by 2015.

The concept of the Supercourse is to build a “metaschool” of a variety of themes that could train students through the Internet. Lectures are selected and made available on the Internet for the personal use of individual scientists and shared without restrictions among scientists and teachers, but cannot be sold. The BA maintains a mirror site of the Supercourse

Dr. Noji will give a presentation titled “The Public Health Consequences of Disasters: Challenges for Public Health Action”. It will discuss the numerous complex problems faced by epidemiologists in disaster situations, and how epidemiologists can contribute to making disaster management more effective.

As one of the leading disaster epidemiologists in the world, Dr. Noji’s major area of academic interest deals with the medical response to natural, biological and technological disasters, including complex humanitarian emergencies and terrorism. His extensive experience includes his leading disaster efforts for the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.

The lecture, held in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh’s International Week 2005, will be webcast live (4:00 - 5:00 pm US Eastern Standard Time) and made available to as many as one million students in 150 countries. Organizations redistributing the lecture include the WHO, PAHO, Peacesat, the British Medical Journal, and PLOS.

To view the live webcast, please click here.

For more information on the lecture, please click here.

To view the PowerPoint presentation in Arabic, click here.