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Suggested Citation:"Appendix E: Workshop Agenda." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. The Ebola Epidemic in West Africa: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23653.
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Workshop Agenda

DAY ONE: TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2015

8:00–8:30: Registration and coffee
8:30–8:45: Welcoming remarks: Victor Dzau, President, Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine)
8:45–9:15: Workshop overview: David A. Relman, James M. Hughes, Lonnie King
9:15–9:30: Welcoming remarks: Isabella Danel, Deputy Director, Pan American Health Organization
SESSION I: The Ebola Epidemic in West Africa—What Makes This Outbreak Different from Past Outbreaks?
Moderator: James M. Hughes
9:30–10:00: The emergence of Ebola hemorrhagic fever: From Central Africa to West Africa
David Heymann, Public Health England
Suggested Citation:"Appendix E: Workshop Agenda." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. The Ebola Epidemic in West Africa: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23653.
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10:00–10:30: 39 years of Ebola outbreak experiences in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): An African perspective
Jean Jacques Muyembe, Democratic Republic of the Congo
10:30–10:45: BREAK
10:45–11:15: The Ebola epidemic: Changing clinical and epidemiological perspectives
Daniel Bausch, Tulane University
11:15–11:45: Ebola in West Africa: An analysis of the current situation
Keiji Fukuda, World Health Organization
11:45–12:15: DISCUSSION
12:15–1:00: LUNCH BREAK
SESSION II: The Science of Ebola
Moderator: Kevin Anderson
1:00–1:30: Bats as reservoir hosts for filoviruses
Jonathan Towner, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1:30–2:00: Cross-border transmission dynamics of the Ebola filovirus in West Africa
Stephen Gire, Broad Institute
2:00–2:30: The response to the Ebola outbreak: A view from the NIH
Michael Kurilla, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Suggested Citation:"Appendix E: Workshop Agenda." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. The Ebola Epidemic in West Africa: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23653.
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2:30–3:00: DISCUSSION
3:00–3:30: BREAK
3:30–4:00: Laboratory diagnosis of the Ebola filovirus in low-resource settings
Heinz Feldmann, Rocky Mountain Laboratory/National Institutes of Health
4:00–4:30: Ebola filovirus drug and vaccine development
Thomas Geisbert, University of Texas Medical Branch
4:30–5:00: Antibodies against Ebola: A global collaboration
Erica Saphire, The Scripps Research Institute
5:00–5:45: DISCUSSION
5:45: ADJOURNMENT

DAY TWO: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2015

Domestic and International Community Response to
Global Infectious Disease Outbreaks

8:45–9:15: Registration and coffee
9:15–9:30: Welcome and summary of day one: David Relman
SESSION III: The International Community’s Response
Moderator: Andrew Clements
Suggested Citation:"Appendix E: Workshop Agenda." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. The Ebola Epidemic in West Africa: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23653.
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9:30–10:00: Preparing for the future: Developing a global health risk framework
Victor Dzau, President, Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine)
10:00–10:30: The MSF response to the West African Ebola outbreak
Armand Sprecher, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
10:30–10:45: BREAK
10:45–11:15: Sierra Leone’s response: Challenges and barriers to get to “zero”
Joseph Fair, Fondation Mérieux USA
11:15–11:45: Ebola in West Africa: From disease outbreak to humanitarian crisis
Oyewale Tomori, Nigerian Academy of Science
11:45–12:30: DISCUSSION
12:30–1:15: LUNCH
SESSION IV: Ethical and Logistical Challenges of Treatment Implementation: What Works; What Doesn’t Work; What More Needs to Be Done?
Moderator: Gary Roselle
1:15–1:45: Emergency medicine: Perspectives from West Africa
Colin Bucks, Stanford University
1:45–2:15: Ebola preparedness in Germany: Competence focused in specialized laboratories and treatment centers
Reinhard Burger, Robert Koch Institute
Suggested Citation:"Appendix E: Workshop Agenda." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. The Ebola Epidemic in West Africa: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23653.
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2:15–2:45: Regional preparedness for responding to an Ebola-like infectious disease emergency
Sylvain Aldighieri, Pan American Health Organization
2:45–3:00: BREAK
3:00–3:30: U.S. public health response to the Ebola epidemic: Role in the global response
Inger Damon, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
3:30–4:00: U.S. health care perspective and challenges
Bruce Ribner, Emory University
4:00–4:30: How has our thinking evolved regarding containment care?
Mark Kortepeter, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
4:30–5:15: DISCUSSION
5:15–5:20: CONCLUDING REMARKS AND ADJOURNMENT
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The most recent Ebola epidemic that began in late 2013 alerted the entire world to the gaps in infectious disease emergency preparedness and response. The regional outbreak that progressed to a significant public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) in a matter of months killed 11,310 and infected more than 28,616. While this outbreak bears some unique distinctions to past outbreaks, many characteristics remain the same and contributed to tragic loss of human life and unnecessary expenditure of capital: insufficient knowledge of the disease, its reservoirs, and its transmission; delayed prevention efforts and treatment; poor control of the disease in hospital settings; and inadequate community and international responses.

Recognizing the opportunity to learn from the countless lessons of this epidemic, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened a workshop in March 2015 to discuss the challenges to successful outbreak responses at the scientific, clinical, and global health levels. Workshop participants explored the epidemic from multiple perspectives, identified important questions about Ebola that remained unanswered, and sought to apply this understanding to the broad challenges posed by Ebola and other emerging pathogens, to prevent the international community from being taken by surprise once again in the face of these threats. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop.

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