Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Bioethicist to give APIC Conference Keynote Address

Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., MD, author, director of pediatric neurosurgery, and professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutes, will deliver the keynote address at the 36th Annual Educational Conference and International Meeting of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), on Monday, June 8 at 9:15 a.m. in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The meeting, which runs from June 7-11, is the largest annual gathering of infection preventionists from around the world.

Carson will discuss "Changing the Future," inspiring the audience to take charge of their lives, take calculated risks, and dream big, no matter what obstacles confront them. His life is the subject of a television movie called "Gifted Hands," starring Oscar winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. (www.tnt.tv/movies/giftedhands).

"We are proud to host Dr. Carson at this year's annual conference," said APIC 2009 President Christine J. Nutty, RN, MSN, CIC. "His personal story of triumph over adversity during his youth in inner-city Detroit combined with his remarkable professional achievements will inspire conference attendees and provide unique insight into improving healthcare quality."

The theme of APIC's 2009 Annual Conference is "The Power of Collaboration." Highlights of the more than 75 cutting-edge topics in infection prevention that will be covered at the meeting include:

  • Healthcare 2019: Collaborative approaches to health care challenges in the decade ahead
  • The Science of Compliance: Helping health care workers do what they know they should
  • Multi-Drug Resistant Gram Negative Bacteria: It's not just about MRSA
  • Reducing Infection Risks and Improving Patient Safety in Ambulatory Care
  • APIC's Pace of Progress: MRSA elimination guide

"Our 2009 conference will offer a broad range of sessions designed to help both novice and veteran infection preventionists gain knowledge and information to lead more effective prevention efforts at their institutions," Nutty said. "The meeting also provides networking and idea exchange opportunities--making it an invaluable experience for everyone in the infection prevention community."

For more information, visit www.apic.org.

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