UNC to co-host 1918 flu pandemic symposium

Registration is now open for Going Viral: Impact and Implications of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic, a symposium featuring UNC faculty, international experts, and New York Times award-winning author Gina Kolata.

UNC to co-host 1918 flu pandemic symposium click to enlarge David Weber, MD, MPH; Myron Cohen, MD

The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and RTI International will co-sponsor an interdisciplinary symposium to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1918 influenza pandemic, one of the deadliest pandemics in human history. The event will take place at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education in Chapel Hill April 4-6, 2018.

Symposium events will offer perspectives from the vantage points of medicine, health, social sciences, and the humanities. Speakers include leading experts in epidemiology, virology, medicine, communications, literature, history, ethics, policy, and other fields. New York Times award-winning writer Gina Kolata, author of "Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It," will give the 50th Annual Fred T. Foard Jr. Memorial Lecture April 5 at 6 p.m. with book signing and reception to follow.

Many experts will speak at the symposium, including David Weber, MD, MPH, professor of medicine and pediatrics at the UNC School of Medicine, professor of epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, medical director of the departments of hospital epidemiology and occupational health services at the UNC Medical Center, and associate chief medical officer at UNC Health Care.

Myron Cohen, MD, associate vice chancellor for global health; the Yeargan-Bate Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, and Epidemiology; chief of the division of infectious diseases, and director of the UNC Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases will be a featured speaker, as will Tom Freiden, MD, MPH, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more information and to register, check the symposium web page.