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Department of Homeland Security Executive to Speak at Symposium

Explores New Technologies/Trends in Detecting Bioterrorist Events

Thursday, June 03, 2004

Peter Estacio, Ph.D., M.D., M.P.H., senior medical advisor, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will kick off a half-day symposium designed to update researchers and community leaders on the latest technologies available for detecting bioterrorism agents. Hosted by the University of Rochester Medical Center’s (URMC) new Center for Disaster Medicine and Emergency Preparedness, Combating Terrorism: New Technologies for the Detection of Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Agents will be held June 3 from 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the University of Rochester Medical Center, Class of 1962 Auditorium.

Since September 11, the government has actively funded research and the development of highly sophisticated methods to detect and deter bioterrorist attacks.  According to Janet Williams, M.D., director of URMC’s Center for Disaster Medicine and Emergency Preparedness, the goal of this conference is to bring together the region’s knowledge base on this topic.   

“While academic, private and government laboratories have been researching new methods of detecting biological agents at risk for covert release by terrorists, the need exists for an open dialogue between stakeholders to foster coordination of efforts to enhance such technologies,” Williams said.

In addition to the keynote address by Estacio, panel discussions will be held on technologies for detecting chemical, biological and radiological agents, as well as the application and deployment of detection systems.

The symposium is open to academic and industry biomedical research scientists, venture capitalists, New York State government representatives and local community health/public safety representatives.    

For more information, contact the CDMEP Coordinator, Jack Herrmann at (585) 275-6740 or register online at

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