Virtual Forum 2021
Virtual Forum 2021
The coronavirus pandemic has caused the cancellation or postponement of events worldwide, and WADEM’s biennial, international congress was no exception. Originally scheduled for this May, the Tokyo Congress has been postponed for an entire year until 2022. While Covid-19 has been a major focus for healthcare workers over the past year, 2021 marks the tenth anniversary of the Tōhoku earthquake, tsunami, Fukushima nuclear reactor meltdown, events that drew the world’s attention to complex, concurrent disasters.
Over the ensuing decade, the frequency, severity, and variety of disasters have continued to challenge humanity. Even as a coronavirus pandemic spread globally − costing more than 2.9 million lives – earthquakes, cyclones, wildfires, drought, dislocations due to violence, and other disasters continue to impact the human condition.
Join the Japanese Association for Disaster Medicine (JADM) and WADEM on 13-14 May 2021 to explore Response, Resilience, and Reset: Finding Order in Complexity, a virtual forum featuring live-streamed presentations and moderated discussions on topics including complex disasters, healthcare worker safety, climate change, and science and research.
Virtual Forum Start Times
🕕 Thursday, 13 May / 18:00-23:00 EDT (N. America) – View sample start times
Friday, 14 May / 09:00-14:00 EDT (N. America) – View sample start times 📆
WADEM is in the process of applying for accreditation for the forum so that attendees can receive Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits.
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Virtual Forum Photo Credits:
Flickr / Yisris (Sendai Airport); Wikimedia Commons / Oxfam East Africa (UNHCR Camp); Wikimedia Commons/ NIAID (SARS-CoV-2); Dr. Elizabeth McCourt (Bushfire); Flickr / Paul Sableman (Ambulance); Wikimedia Commons / NASA (Hurricane)
Click on the speaker’s photo to read the presenter’s profile and presentation summary. More speakers to be confirmed!!!
Chief Emergency Management Officer / One Concern
Presentation Title: Complex Disaster Management during a Pandemic
Administrator Fugate led the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from 2009-17 during the Obama Administration.
Director / Collaborating Centre for Oxford University & CUHK for Disaster & Medical Humanitarian Response
Presentation Title: Climate Change and Vector-Borne Diseases as Biological Hazards
Prof. Chan also serves as Professor and Assistant Dean (External Affairs) at the Faculty of Medicine, and Professor at JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).
Founder & Managing Director / Respond Global
Presentation Title: The Emergence of National Health Operations Centres: Time for a Reset of Humanitarian Health Response Architecture?
Dr. Norton was head of the WHO’s Emergency Medical Team (EMT) Initiative in Geneva from 2014-20.
Assistant Director / International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS)
Presentation Title: Science for Resilience: A Healthy Community is Resilient against Disaster
Prof. Egawa serves as the Executive Editor of disaster prevention science in the Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine and as the Associate Editor of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness.
Adjunct Professor / Tulane University
Presentation Title: Comparison of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic with the COVID-19 Pandemic
Prof. Barry is a New York Times best-selling author.
Associate Professor / Harvard Medical School
Presentation Title: A Call to Leadership: Complexity in Global Health
Dr. Ciottone is the current President of WADEM.
Associate Professor / Edith Cowan University
Presentation Title: The Potential Impact of Cumulative Exposure to Trauma
She is an Ambassador for the Victoria Police Mental Health and Wellbeing Committee and an Advisory Board Member for the Australian Federal Police’s SHIELD project.
Professor / University of California - Los Angeles
Presentation Title: Bias versus Science: The US Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic 2020
Dr. Stratton has been the Editor-in-Chief of Prehospital and Disaster Medicine since 2011.
Johan von Schreeb
Professor / Karolinska Institutet
Presentation Title: International Emergency Medical Teams Response to the 2020 Beirut Blast: Who Were They and Were They Needed?
Prof. von Schreeb has worked for the last 30 years in disasters and conflicts for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Sierra Leone, Haiti, and several other countries.
Editor-in-Chief / Mediterranean Journal of Emergency Care
Presentation Title: August 4th Beirut Port Explosion: Challenges of Mass Casualty Hospital Management during the Covid-19 Pandemic
Dr. Souaiby is the founder and president of New Health Concept.