We Were There

We Were There

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Welcome to 'We Were There'

“We Were There” is a lecture series featuring past and present CDC investigators – the original Disease Detectives – as they share their personal perspectives on historically important, CDC-led epidemiologic and laboratory investigations. This series will provide insight into the rich past of CDC and give the audience a chance to hear first-hand accounts from the responders.

For more as to how the “We Were There” series came to be – visit our About “We Were There” page.

The Next 'We Were There' Lecture

CDC Presents:
Healthier Together: Highlighting 40 years of US and China Public Health Collaborations


The “We Were There” series features personal perspectives from CDC researchers on past and present historically important, CDC-led epidemiologic and laboratory investigations.

March 29, 2023
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM (Atlanta)
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM (Beijing)

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On Tuesday, April 26, 2022, the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) and Office of Science (OS) hosted a special presentation of “We Were There” in honor of the late Sherif R. Zaki, MD, PhD.

Dr. Zaki was the founder and branch chief of CDC’s Infectious Disease Pathology Branch (IDPB). He joined CDC in 1988 and held several leadership positions in molecular and experimental pathology, lastly as IDPB chief. Dr. Zaki died unexpectedly last November.

Sherif R. Zaki, MD, PhD

Sherif R. Zaki, MD, PhD


CDC encourages participation by employees with disabilities. The meeting will be captioned via Web CART and a transcript will be provided after the meeting. Note: the Web CART interface is different due to a new captioning vendor. Questions about this can be sent to Meeting Accessibility Support.

Were You There, Too?

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