Friday, August 30, 2013
McCarthy releases details on the Sept. 23 Valley Fever Symposium set for the Hans Einstein Center at the Kern County Department of Health
Rep. Kevin McCarthy, House Majority Whip, gives us his weekly view from Capitol Hill. In his words:
"This week, the agenda for the 2nd day of our upcoming Valley Fever Symposium was announced. From 8 a.m to 5 p.m. our community will have the opportunity to hear not only from the directors of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Thomas Frieden, and National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins, but also from the leading researchers on Valley Fever today.
"Kern County has been leading the way on Valley Fever research and this gathering will showcase the work being done by Dr. Claudia Jonah, Dr. Michael Lancaster, Dr. Royce Johnson, and Kirt Emery in detecting, diagnosing, and fighting Valley Fever. In addition, our community cannot express enough gratitude to the volunteers of the Valley Fever of Americas Foundation that has continued to work to raise awareness of this disease.
"Dr. John Galgiani, who is the director of the University of Arizona’s Valley Fever Center for Excellence, will also be participating and sharing his research. With over 30 years of experience researching Valley Fever, he will provide information on some exciting advancements in vaccine research. In addition, David Larwood, who is the CEO of Valley Fever Solutions, will be presenting on their work on a drug called nikkomycin Z, a medication that has been showing promise in treating Valley Fever.
"We will continue to announce additional speakers and panelists that will be participating in our community’s two day Valley Fever Symposium. Below is the full list of events that will be occurring on September 23 and September 24.
Date: Monday, September 23, 2013 – Recognizing Our Valley Fever Survivors
Location: Kern County Department of Health – Hans Einstein Center
4:30pm – Valley Fever Survivors Reception
5:30pm – Valley Fever Community Forum with CDC Director Thomas Frieden, M.D. and NIH Director Francis Collins, M.D.
Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 – Fighting Valley Fever
Location: California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) Multipurpose Room
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. - State of the Science, Presentations from Leading Experts on Valley Fever
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – The Congressional Valley Fever Task Force
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. – California Public Policy and Challenges
3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. – Susceptible Populations of Valley Fever
4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. – Pets/Animals and Valley Fever
For more information, please call 661-327-3611 or email RSVP.McCarthy@mail.house.gov.