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When: Monday, November 23, 2009, 6:30 PM
: UCLA Faculty Center
: RSVP to by November 20, 11am
$30 dinner/$35 dinner with dessert. Please bring your check payable to “Michael Intriligator,” your UCLA host. Parking is available at Structure 2, near the Faculty Center, at the corner of Hilgard and Westholme. Parking fee is $9.


This is a most novel pandemic. We have an unusual and new strain. It started at the wrong time of year. There is uncertainty about severity. Many show a distrust about recommendations from the government about the vaccine, especially about it’s late delivery. Young people are disproportionately affected. There is widespread illness, some severe, and it is socially disruptive, especially for schools. How do we handle all this uncertainty when historical perspective is lacking?


Dr. Peter Katona is Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine in Infectious Diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He has worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in viral diseases where he investigated both domestic and international outbreaks. He works for Apria Healthcare as their Corporate Medical Director, and is President of the non-profit Center of Medical Multimedia Education and Technology. He has appointments at Louisiana State University’s National Center for Biomedical Research and Training, and the Los Angeles County Emergency Management Services (EMS) Agency. He is co-founder and President of Biological Threat Mitigation, a bioterrorism preparedness consulting firm. He is a member of the Hospital Association of Southern California and LA County EMS Agency’s Hospital Preparedness Program, the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s National and Global Public Health Committee, the LA County Sheriff’s Department’s Homeland Security Advisory Council, the Pacific Council on International Policy, and the FDA’s Anti-Infective Drugs Advisory Committee. He has served as Chairman of the UCLA Hospital Infection Control Committee and has been nominated by former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Richard Myers to serve on the prestigious Defense Health Board. He has authored articles on medical informatics, influenza, polio, nutrition, bioterrorism, the future of health care as well as many other aspects of medicine and infectious diseases. He is an internationally recognized authority on bioterrorism and has lectured throughout the world. He teaches a yearly course at UCLA on terrorism, and has edited the books Countering Terrorism and WMD, and Global Biosecurity, with a book on the vulnerability of healthcare to disasters in progress. He also maintains a private practice in infectious diseases.

The Global Security Seminar: Monthly Dinner Seminars for Professionals at the UCLA Faculty Center on International Politics and National Public Policy.

Organized and sponsored by PSR-LA and the much appreciated financial support of Richard Bernard, Jack Kaufman, Armin Satoff, Don and Judy Broder, Jack and Valerie Melmed, William E. Perkins, and an anonymous donor.

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