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Coronavirus to be discussed at April 21 Science Cafe online

Staff Writer
Syracuse Journal-Democrat

Ali Khan, M.D., M.P.H., dean of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health, will discuss coronavirus (COVID-19) on April 21 at 10 a.m. as part of the Omaha Science Café series.

To continue social distancing this Science Café will be offered via Facebook Live which can be viewed at: https://www.facebook.com/ScienceCafeNE/

Dr. Khan’s professional career has focused on health security, global health and emerging infectious diseases. He completed a 23-year career as a senior director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which he joined as a disease detective, and where he led and responded to numerous high-profile domestic and international public health emergencies. Dr. Khan also is a former assistant surgeon general with the U.S. Public Health Service.

Dr. Khan was one of the main architects of the CDC’s national health security program and continues this work at UNMC, which has been nationally designated to prepare the American health care system to respond to outbreaks of high-hazard pathogens. He also continues to actively support global outbreak responses, such as the response for the West Africa Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone and the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh as a member of World Health Organization (WHO) Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN).

Dr. Khan is the author of The Next Pandemic: On the Front Lines Against Humankind’s Gravest Dangers.