EINet Announcement ~ Mar 23, 2006

*****A free service of the APEC Emerging Infections Network*****
APEC EINet News Briefs offers the latest news, journal articles, and notifications for emerging infections affecting the APEC member economies. It was created to foster transparency, communication, and collaboration in emerging infectious diseases among health professionals, international business and commerce leaders, and policy makers in the Asia-Pacific region.
In this edition:

1. Notifications
- Certificate Program in Emerging Infections and Biopreparedness (online)
- APEC EINet Virtual Symposium video now online

1. Notifications
Certificate Program in Emerging Infections and Biopreparedness (online)
APEC EINet, through the University of Washington’s Extension Program, has launched a new online certificate program, “Emerging Infections and Biopreparedness”. It has been designed by the University of Washington for public health managers and both public and private officials who have the responsibility for either developing a proactive bio-response effort to infectious disease outbreaks or managing the bio-response effort. While this initial launch is still preliminary, the webpage (http://www.extension.washington.edu/ext/certificates/eib/eib_gen.asp ) offers information on the Program Overview, Audience, Courses, Tuition, Admission Requirements, Participant Selection and Limits, Earning the Certificate, and Earning Credit for Single Courses. Over the next few months, more detailed course descriptions, developer and instructor bios, and advisory board information will be added.


APEC EINet Virtual Symposium video now online
A video clip of the APEC EINet videoconference—“Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response: Information Sharing through a Virtual Symposium”—has been created by UWTV (University of Washington Television). EINet’s virtual symposium on pandemic preparedness planning among APEC economies was held January 19, 2006. Faced by concerns that the avian flu epidemic could become the next global human flu pandemic, UW researchers joined public health officials from ten Pacific Rim economies for a videoconference using Access Grid technology. Joining UW researchers and Seattle King County Public Health officials were representatives from Australia, Canada, China, Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Taipei, Thailand and Vietnam.

The runtime is just under 6 minutes. You can view the video through: 1. EINet's website: http://depts.washington.edu/einet/symposium.html (Quicktime) OR;
2. UWTV: http://www.uwtv.org/programs/displayevent.asp?rid=3387
(Quicktime or Windows Media file).