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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 three 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.

The forum has been accredited for 8.25 CME credits. Visit the Accreditation page to learn more.

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)

Forum Speakers

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Craig Fugate
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.
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Emily Chan
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).
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Ian Norton
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.
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Shinichi Egawa
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.
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John Barry
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.
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Gregory Ciottone
Associate Professor / Harvard Medical School
Presentation Title: A Call to Leadership: Complexity in Global Health
Dr. Ciottone is the current President of WADEM.
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Erin Smith
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.
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Sam Stratton
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.
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Nagi Souaiby
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.
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Mick Molloy
Consultant in Emergency Medicine / Wexford General Hospital
Presentation Title: Post COVID-19: A Reset is Required…. but of What?
Dr. Molloy was chosen by the Harvard-based Partners in Health for the challenging task of running night-shift medical services at the University Hospital Port au Prince (HUEH), in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake.
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Kobi Peleg
Professor / Tel Aviv University
Presentation Title: The World Needs a New Global Order for Disaster Relief
Prof. Peleg is the CEO of P.K. Hagdor LtD, a company engaged in consulting, training, and coaching for emergencies, disasters, and crises for governmental bodies, organizations, and private companies in Israel and around the world.
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