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Workshop Abstracts

Name of Session:

Session D11

Laboratory Preparedness for Chemical and Radiologic Terrorism & Emergency Response

Description of Session

CDC has programs to help protect the American public in the event of an emergency or a terrorist attack involving chemicals or radiologic agents. CDC’s Rapid Toxic Screen analyzes people’s blood or urine for chemical agents likely to be used by terrorists. CDC’s Radionuclide Laboratory assesses human exposure to selected radionuclides. Results of these tests tell us which chemical agents or radionuclides were used, who was exposed, and how much their bodies absorbed. This information is indispensable to health personnel managing the care of people in the terrorists’ path as well as those who may believe they were exposed to a chemical agent, dirty bomb, or other release. This information also may help law enforcement agencies track the production or use of terrorism agents. In addition to the federal response role, we also present information about CDC’s training and technology transfer program with public health laboratories in states, territories, cities, and counties; provide a view of the program from a state public health laboratory; and take a quick look at cutting-edge science in terrorism response.

Presenter(s) E-mail
Moderator: David Ashley, BS

Presenter 1: Robert Jones, PhD

Title of Presentation: CDC’s Radionuclide Laboratory

Presenter 2: Bob Kobelski, PhD

Title of Presentation: Strengthening Public Health Chemical Laboratory Capacity through Training and Technology Transfer

Presenter 3: Jim Pearson, DrPH

Title of Presentation: Public Health Laboratory Preparedness—One State Public Health Laboratory Director's Perspective


Presenter 4: John Barr, PhD

Title of Presentation: A Snapshot: Cutting-Edge Science in Chemical Laboratory Response to Terrorism