Contact: Susan Preston
Conference Provides Perspectives on Informatics
in Biodefense Preparedness
The Informatics Institute and Center for BioDefense of the University
of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) are hosting a
conference--The Crucial Role of Informatics in BioDefense and
Counter-Terrorism--on Wednesday, May 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.
The purpose of the conference is to present an overview of the
progress that has been made in New Jersey in preparedness for
handling a bioterrorist attack involving biological, chemical
and nuclear agents. The speakers are from academia, the private
sector, government, law enforcement and the military. The agenda
9:20 a.m.: Dr. Leonard Cole, Rutgers University: The Anthrax
10:10 a.m. David Gruber, assistant commissioner of health emergency
preparedness and response, New Jersey Department of Health and
Senior Services: Developing a Statewide Emergency Healthcare System.
11 a.m. Dr. Joseph Wilder, Rutgers University: Radiation Bomb
Detection Through Signal Analysis and Pattern Recognition.
11:20 a.m. Dr. Andrea Ghetie, Applied Research Telecordia Technologies:
Dynamic Network Quality of Service for Mission Critical Imaging
Applications During Disaster Recovery
11:40 a.m. Major General (ret.) George Garrett, director of homeland
security for the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans
Affairs: Current Issues in Homeland Security
1:30 p.m. FBI Special Agent Scott Nawrocki: HAZMET Response Scenarios
1:50 p.m. George Laskaris, executive director of NJEdge.Net:
"Networks Under Stress: Strategies for Coping with Increasing
Security Threats of Networked Resources
2:20 p.m. Dr. Nancy Connell, director of the UMDNJ Center for