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June 5, 2014

Biological outbreak detection program focus of OSU-CHS seminar


TULSA – In the event of a bioterrorism attack, Dr. Michael Allswede wants to ensure a swift and coordinated response. The emergency room physician will discuss an initiative to identify and respond to bioterrorism as part of the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences First Friday Seminar on June 6 at noon in D007.

“Forensic Epidemiology Theory and Practice: The Strategic Medical Intelligence Model” will examine the historical background of the project and provide several examples of its use in the emerging field of forensic epidemiology. 

“Dr. Allswede is an expert in forensic epidemiology and has researched the unique challenges of combining health and law enforcement information into a workable system in a disaster situation,” said Jarrad Wagner, Ph.D., OSU-CHS associate professor of forensic sciences. “He is developing methods to improve early warning and detection of bioterrorism to prevent its occurrence and improve the medical and law enforcement response should it occur.”

Forensic epidemiology combines medical, public health and law enforcement information to create situational awareness of illnesses that could indicate a natural event, an accident, crime or a national security matter.

Allswede is the director of Strategic Medical Intelligence Inc. and works in the emergency department at Integris Southwest Medical Center in Oklahoma City. He chairs the Curriculum Subcommittee of the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine Graduate Medical Education Committee. 

Allswede currently serves as co-chair of the Research Quality Improvement Initiative of the American College of Osteopathic Physicians and is a trustee of the Foundation for Osteopathic Emergency Medicine. He is a former member of the World Association of Disaster and Emergency Medicine board of directors.

The free seminar, hosted by the OSU-CHS School of Forensic Sciences, is open to the public.


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