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The Continued Threat of Infectious Diseases to the U.S. Military

January 15, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST

Join the Homeland Defense & Security Information Analysis Center (HDIAC) for a webinar presentation on “The Continued Threat of Infectious Diseases to the U.S. Military” on Friday, January 15, from 1200 to 1300 EST.

During deployment, servicemembers are often at risk from infectious diseases which have the potential to impede the individual and the unit mission and cause significant morbidity and mortality. Diseases such as malaria, dengue, diarrheal diseases, and many others threaten the force and require medical countermeasures to eliminate or mitigate the risk.

Dr. Stephen Thomas will explore the historical beginnings of global infectious disease threats, review the epidemiology, clinical presentation, and current status of therapeutic and preventive measures for common threats. Additionally, U.S. military contributions to countermeasure development will be discussed.


Dr. Stephen Thomas, (Colonel, US Army (Retired)), has nearly 30 years of experience in infectious disease research. He is currently the Chief of the Division of Infectious Disease at SUNY Upstate Medical University, a professor in both the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and the Department of Medicine, and is an Infectious Diseases Consultant for the Syracuse Veterans Army Medical Center. Prior to his work in Syracuse, Dr. (COL) Thomas was the Deputy Commander, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) and WRAIR Chief of Virology, an Infectious Disease Consultant to the Surgeon General in US Army Medical Command, and the Director of Dengue Vaccine Development for the Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences in Bangkok. Dr. Thomas has authored numerous publications, most recently focusing on Zika and Dengue. He is a member of the Infectious Disease Society of America, the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and the American College of Physicians. He received his BA from Brown University and his MD from Albany Medical College.

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January 15, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST
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