by Jen Todd, [email protected]

November 9, 2014

Doctors, professors and former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist invite the public to discuss the base of worldwide fear: Ebola.

“Ebola is a modern plague, which sorely tests U.S. leadership at multiple points,” said J. Stephen Morrison of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in a statement. “It requires grappling with considerable unknowns, and preserving the confidence, trust and support of the American people.”

The two along with William Schaffner, professor of Preventive Medicine in the Department of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and Sten H. Vermund, director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health, will begin the conversation, addressing four points.

These subjects are: the U.S. approach to cases entering the United States, the mobilization in Liberia, the growth of the epidemic in West Africa and how to stop transmission, and efforts to develop new vaccines and treatments.

Then, Muktar Aliyu, associate director for research for the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health, and James E. Crowe, Jr., director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center, will jump in to consider what changes need to be made in the U.S. approaches, both short and long-term.

The free event is open to the public and begins at 10 a.m. Nov. 21 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Light Hall Room 208, 2215 Garland Ave.