Global WACh

May 2, 2016

Preparing for an Emerging Zika Virus Epidemic


Join us for an expert panel drawn from public health, medicine, and bioengineering to discuss what we know, what we don’t know, and how to prepare


The University of Washington Global Center for the Integrated Health of Women, Adolescents and Children (Global WACh) is pleased to host an expert panel discussion to disseminate up-to-date information about Zika virus, its public health impact locally and globally, and what the general public and health care professionals need to know about preventing infection and minimizing the risk of birth defects due to Zika virus infection in pregnancy.

Event Details:

Friday, May 6, 2016


Hogness Auditorium

Health Sciences Building, UW Medical Center


This panel discussion is open to the public and seeks to provide factual information to the general community as well as to health care professionals and researchers.


What should I know before I travel to a region where Zika virus is currently spreading?

What do pregnant women need to know?

What should I do if I think I might have Zika virus?

What are the facts about Zika virus and birth defects?

Could Zika virus come to Seattle?

How is Zika virus currently diagnosed and what is needed to improve diagnostics?

What is the potential for pandemic spread?

What are the possible control measures?

Is a vaccine possible?

Is Zika virus sexually transmitted?


We have assembled a panel of experts to address topics including the public health response to Zika virus, infection control measures, implications of Zika virus infection in pregnancy, and current and future approaches to diagnosing Zika virus infection.

The expert panel will include:

Jeffery Duchin, MD

Health Officer of Public Health, Seattle & King County Professor, University of Washington


John Lynch, MD MPH

Medical Director of Harborview Medical Center Infection Control Associate Professor, University of Washington

Headshot portrait of Dr. John Lynch, infectious diseases.

Ghayda Mirzaa, MD

Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Center for Integrative Brain Science, Acting Assistant Professor, University of Washington



Alyssa Stephenson-Famy, MD

Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist, Assistant Professor, University of Washington


Paul Yager, PhD

Professor, Bioengineering Department Chair University of Washington


For more information please email