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Smallpox eradication seminars

16 February 2007

The Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL is hosting a seminar series dedicated to 'Histories of the Global Eradication of Smallpox'.

Organised by UCL's Dr Sanjoy Battacharya, a noted expert in the history of smallpox eradication, the five events will see senior managerial and field personnel involved in the smallpox eradication programme of the 1970s present their own views of that historic campaign.  By showcasing the participants' perspective, this series will offer original insights into one of the greatest public health achievements of the twentieth century as it unfolded across the globe.

On 28 March 2007, Dr Larry Brilliant (Executive Director, Google Foundation and Google.org, USA) will discuss 'How we Eradicated Smallpox from India'. On 4 April 2007, Dr Claudio do Amaral (Poliomyelitis National Eradication Programme Director & Smallpox Eradication Programme Director, Brazil) will present his talk: 'Brazil´s Smallpox Eradication Programme, its Consequences and Further Developments'. These seminars will take place at 1-2.30pm at 210 Euston Road.

On 25 April 2007, Dr Joel Bremen (Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health, USA) will present: 'A miracle happened there: the West and Central African smallpox eradication program and its impact'. On 2 May 2007, Dr Ciro A de Quadros (President & CEO, and Director of International Programs, Albert B Sabin Vaccine Institute (SVI), Washington DC, USA) will discuss: 'The Last Challenge: The Horn of Africa', and on 30 May 2007 Professor Donald A Henderson (University of Pittsburgh, and Centre for Biosecurity, University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre, USA) will discuss: 'The Global Eradication of Smallpox: Historical Perspectives and Future Prospects'. These seminars will take place at 1-2.30pm at 183 Euston Road.

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