CIDRAP stands for the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. Its director is the world-famous Dr. Michael Osterholm. Dr. Osterholm advises everyone from the White House to Oprah on infectious disease. Dr. Mike is also an expert on bioterrorism and has advised DHS many times on lethal bio-engineered pathogens. He wrote a book, Living Terrors: What America Needs to Know to Survive the Coming Bioterrorist Catastrophe. I should point out that Dr. Osterholm wrote this a year before the anthrax attacks of October, 2001.
The upcoming summit is titled "Keeping the World Working During the H1N1 Pandemic -- protecting employee health, critical operations and customer relations." Its focus is on those final steps that corporations, businesses and governments need to take to ensure they do not implode when the second and third waves of H1N1 traverse the globe.
The Summit is September 22 and 23, 2009, in Minneapolis.
Both Avian Flu Diary's Mike Coston and I are presenters at the Summit. I am presenting (twice) on the topic of final IT preps for the pandemic. Mike is appearing with NBC's superb science correspondent Robert Bazell.
Please go up onto the Summit's Website and check out the agenda, speakers and registration information. I strongly encourage you to try to attend this event. Or try and send people to this conference. Think "Last Chance for Gas" just before you drive through the desert.
This conference truly is the Last Chance for Preps before Wave 2 hits.