CDC Director to Speak March 26 at OU Health Sciences Center

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert R. Redfield, M.D., will speak at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City on March 26.

Redfield will speak from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at the Samis Education Center, located inside The Children’s Hospital. The event serves as the Edward N. Brandt Jr. Memorial Lecture for the OU Hudson College of Public Health.

“We are honored to host CDC Director Redfield for this important annual lecture,” said Gary Raskob, Ph.D., dean of the OU Hudson College of Public Health. “Dr. Redfield has made major contributions to public health during his career, and he continues to make a difference in his role as leader of the CDC.”

Redfield is the 18th director of the CDC. He also serves as administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. He has been a public health leader actively engaged in clinical research and clinical care of chronic human viral infections and infectious diseases, especially HIV, for more than 30 years.

During his time on campus, Redfield also plans to visit OU Health’s HIV Clinic and visit with leaders from OU Health, the state of Oklahoma and Oklahoma City, the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board and other groups.

The Edward N. Brandt Jr. Memorial Lecture was established jointly by the OU Hudson College of Public Health and the OU College of Medicine in honor of the late Edward N. Brandt Jr., M.D., Ph.D., a distinguished faculty member at both colleges. Brandt served as Assistant Secretary of Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 1981 to 1984. He was perhaps best known for his contribution to public policy and public education during the beginning of the AIDS crisis in the early 1980s.



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