Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Using Biology Against Bioterrorism: 2006 Sigma Xi Lecture, April 27

Chestertown, MD, April 25, 2006 — Joany Jackman, Ph.D., Senior Scientist at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and the 2003 recipient of the Homeland Security Award in the field of Emergency Response, will deliver the 2006 Sigma Xi Lecture, on Thursday, April 27, at 4:30 p.m. in the Litrenta Lecture Hall of the John S. Toll Science Center. In her talk, "Using Biology Against Bioterrorism," Dr. Jackman will focus on the how scientists have come to use the natural enemies of pathogens to combat their effects.

Dr. Jackman, who holds a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Vermont, began working in the area of infectious disease at U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease in 1997. She has become a recognized leader in the development of rapid pathogen identification, including methods to analyze breath for markers of infection. This technology uses proteins and lipids secreted by the host in response to pathogens in the lungs to detect signs of infection prior to the appearance of symptoms. This technology will allow rapid triage of individuals at the scene of a potential bioterrorism attack and emergency medical personnel to focus their resources on the most seriously ill individuals for rapid and early treatment. This technology, once fully developed, will reduce the impact of bioterrorism by improving the outcome and treatment of exposed populations.

The April 27 talk is sponsored by the Washington College Chapter of Sigma Xi and is open to the public. The topic is of general interest and will be delivered at a level that is understandable by non-scientists and scientists alike.

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