Canadian government officials tour Burnet

Burnet Institute

17 February, 2011

From left: Chris Morgan, Associate Professor Margaret Hellard, Dr David Butler Jones, Professor Brendan Crabb, Professor Greg Tannock, Dr Rainer Engelhardt, Bruce Loveland

While attending a conference in Melbourne this week, leading government health experts from Canada, Dr David Butler-Jones and Dr Rainer Engelhardt, took the opportunity to tour Burnet’s world-class facilities.

They met with Burnet’s CEO, Professor Brendan Crabb, Associate Professor Margaret Hellard, Chris Morgan, Dr Bruce Loveland and Emeritus Professor Greg Tannock to discuss disease prevention and public health.

The Canadians were also interested in Burnet’s perspective on the management of infectious disease outbreaks such as influenza.

Professor Tannock said that the request by two senior Canadian bureaucrats for briefing on Burnet’s activities is a measure of the international reputation of the Institute.

“Their interests have immediate synergies with many of the activities of the Burnet, especially in relation to public and international health relating to infectious disease,” he said.

Dr Butler-Jones is Canada’s first Chief Public Health Officer. He heads the Public Health Agency of Canada that provides leadership on the government’s efforts to protect and promote the health and safety of Canadians.

Dr Engelhardt is the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Infectious Disease and Emergency Preparedness Branch of Canada’s Public Health Agency.

They have joined more than 600 delegates from across the world at the inaugural International One Health Conference at the Melbourne Convention Centre.

The Conference brings together the world’s leading health professionals to discuss the disease risks and challenges brought about by the interactions between animals, humans and the environment.

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