Rita Helfand, Associate Director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to Give Featured Presentation at GTCbio’s Bugs & Drugs Conference on Sept. 22-23

Monrovia, CA, August 21, 2008 --(PR.com)-- Dr. Rita Helfand, Associate Director of Epidemiologic Science at the National Center for Preparedness, Detection, and Control of Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will speak on “Controlling Infectious Diseases: Progress and Challenges in Addressing Known and Unknown Threats” at GTCbio’s Bugs & Drug Conference on September 22-23, 2008 at the DoubleTree Club Hotel in San Diego, CA.

Experiences with recent domestic and global infectious disease outbreaks have uncovered strengths and weaknesses in public health preparedness and provided important lessons for improving our ability to respond to infectious disease threats. Dr. Helfand will cover the importance of national, state, and local preparedness planning and training, enhanced surveillance measures, and improved collaborations among the clinical, research, public health, and veterinary sectors. Ensuring strong collaborative activities across multiple levels and disciplines will expand our ability to monitor infectious diseases, enable earlier recognition and prompt response to unusual signs, symptoms, or laboratory results that could signal a potential outbreak, and improve the focus and outcome of infectious disease control efforts.

GTCbio’s Bugs & Drugs conference brings together top industry leaders including directors, vice presidents, heads, managers, supervisors, from all over the world to collaborate and discuss novel approaches to problematic pathogens for community-acquired Infections and hospital-acquired infections, contingency plans for biological weapons and disease outbreaks, the changing landscape of antibacterial development - politics vs. commerce, and the future of infectious disease therapeutics. For more information including a detailed agenda, exhibitor opportunities and registration information visit http://gtcbio.com/conferenceDetails.aspx?id=129.

About GTCbio

GTCbio organizes conferences specifically for the biomedical and biopharmaceutical industries. Our goal is to facilitate the exchange of biopharmaceutical and biomedical intelligence between industry leaders, academic and government organizations, and the financial community.

GTCbio is a subsidiary of Global Technology Community, LLC, a privately held company founded in 2002.

Contact: GTCbio 434 W. Foothill Blvd. Monrovia, CA 91016 Tel: (626) 256-6405 fax: (626) 256-6460 email: nina.tran@gtcbio.com

Rania Hafez