Terrorism Preparedness Conference to Bring Together State Medical, Emergency Responders

By todd

LITTLE ROCK – The second annual Arkansas Terrorism Conference will be held Thursday, July 7 and Friday, July 8, at the Wyndham Riverfront in North Little Rock.


The conference is directed toward health care professionals, emergency responders, law enforcement, hospital bioterrorism coordinators, local disaster preparedness coordinators and others involved in preparing for and responding to acts of terrorism and other disasters.


The conference is sponsored by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Colleges of Medicine, Public Health and Pharmacy, and the UAMS Regional Programs, the Arkansas Department of Health, the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, the Arkansas Hospital Association and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


Highlights of the agenda include: 


Thursday, July 7:


9:10 a.m.          Overview of Bioterrorism Preparedness

Aubrey J. Hough, Jr., M.D., distinguished professor, Department of Pathology, and associate dean for translational research and special projects, UAMS College of Medicine, Distinguished Faculty Scholar and chairman of the UAMS Bioterrorism Steering Committee.                                



9:40 a.m.          Biological Agents                     

Anupama Menon, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, UAMS College of Medicine and Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System


10:50 a.m.        How Arkansas’ Efforts Relate to National Efforts

Col. Joseph Contiguglia, chairman, Department of Military Medicine, Keesler Medical Center, Keesler Air Force Base and clinical associate professor at Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine


1:15 p.m.          Explosive Devices

                        John Miller, investigator, Arkansas State Bomb Squad


2:05 p.m.          Chemical Agents

                        Major Stan Evans, Arkansas National Guard


3:10 p.m.          Radiological Materials

Dr. Max Baker, professor of Radiology and Physiology-Biophysics, chair of Division of Radiological Sciences, UAMS College of Medicine


Friday, July 8


8 a.m.               Federal Bureau of Investigation

Robert Scripp


9 a.m.               Mental Health

Richard Klomp, behavioral scientist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


10 a.m.             Legal Preparedness in Arkansas

Carol Roddy, J.D., assistant professor, UAMS Regional Programs and College of Pharmacy


UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, five centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has more than 2,200 students and 660 residents and is the state’s largest public employer with almost 9,000 employees. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $4.1 billion a year.


UAMS centers of excellence are the Arkansas Cancer Research Center, Harvey and Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy and Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute.