4:15 pm to 5:30 pm (reception to follow)
Mission Hall, 550 16th Street
UCSF Mission Bay Campus
Outbreak Response: Once upon a time a soldier in rural Haiti contaminated a river with cholera
Eric Jorge Nelson, MD, PhD
Emerging Pathogens Institute
University of Florida
The tragedy of the cholera outbreak that began in 2010 post-earthquake Haiti resulted in a global awareness that there is a need to better prevent and respond to infectious disease outbreaks. This awareness was further magnified by the West African Ebola outbreak. Dr. Eric Nelson will discuss his team's struggle to combine medical, scientific, and technological skill sets to build an end-to-end platform for cholera outbreak response. This story will take the audience from the slums of Haiti to the flooded northern border of Bangladesh to the mountains of Nepal. The objectives are to convey the value of including broad stakeholders early, incorporating multiple design methods to solve complex problems, and recognizing that a strategic plan founded in humility and evidence are critical to long-term success. Join IGHS for Grand Rounds featuring Dr. Eric Nelson in conversation with IGHS Executive Director Jaime Sepulveda and IGHS master’s student Belen Irarrazaval.