Texas Tech University

Law School to Host Biosecurity Law Symposium on Zika Virus

Cara Vandergriff

April 20, 2016

The symposium will consist of two one-hour panels focusing on the Zika virus as well as issues related to disease transmission and public health concerns.

EVENT: The Lubbock Area Bar, in conjunction with the Journal of Biosecurity, Biosafety and Biodefense Law is hosting a Continued Legal Education (CLE) panel at the Texas Tech University School of Law titled “Zika Threat: Legal Issues and Public Health.” The seminar, offered to local attorneys as well as open to the public, will consist of two one-hour panels and is worth a CLE credit of two hours, including one hour of ethics.

Both one-hour panels will be open for questions and moderated by Annette Sobel, the executive for critical infrastructure protection and health security initiatives for Texas Tech and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. The first panel will focus on issues related to both the legal and ethical operations of Texas' Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response as well as disease transmission and community public health concerns. Seminar participants will include Cheryl Erwin, director of the Center for Ethics, Humanities and Spirituality at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center; Victoria Sutton, director of the Center for Biodefense, Law and Public Policy at the Texas Tech School of Law; Steven Presley, professor of Immunotoxicology, Countermeasures to Biological and Chemical Threats at the Institute of Environmental and Human Health; and keynote speaker Ron Cook, physician and chairman of Family and Community Medicine at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center.

A 15-minute presentation by Cook will introduce the second panel, which will more specifically address the threat and health issues of the Zika virus. Participants will include Cassie Kruczek, postdoctoral fellow of Immunology and Molecular Microbiology at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, and Ruth Serra-Moreno, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Texas Tech.

WHEN: Friday (April 22) first panel: 3–4 p.m., second panel: 4–5 p.m.

WHERE: Lanier Auditorium, Texas Tech University School of Law, 1802 Hartford Ave.

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CONTACT: Sarah Salazar, director of communications, School of Law, Texas Tech University, (806) 834-5074 or sarah.e.salazar@ttu.edu