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New Cal-PEN Program on UCTV Offers Continuing Education Regarding the Spread of Avian Influenza

November 14, 2005

Editor's note: Although the date for the program has passed as noted below, viewers can still access the program via the Internet: Live webcast and subsequent "video-on-demand" streaming video at

On Tuesday, November 15 at Noon (Pacific Time), UCTV's "Med Ed Hour" presents the sixth module in the Cal-PEN Series titled Avian Influenza: From Wildlife to Poultry to Humans. This timely program addresses the pathogenicity of Avian Influenza, examining the relationship of disease spread from wildlife to domestic fowl to humans. The program offers prevention strategies for those in contact with potentially infected wild and domestic animals as well as possible human carriers.

Program panelists include Christian Sandrock, M.D., MPH, UC Davis School of Medicine, an expert in planning for infectious disease outbreaks, and Warner Hudson, M.D., an authority on Public Health Emergency Preparedness. Rounding out the group are Walter Boyce, DVM, Ph.D., Director of Wildlife Health Center at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, a national authority on wildlife virology, and Carol Cardona, DVM, Ph.D., a UC Davis Poultry Veterinarian and researcher/expert on avian influenza in chickens.

The Cal-PEN series provides disaster preparedness information for health care providers and is sponsored by the California Preparedness Education Network (Cal-PEN) and UC Davis Office of Continuing Medical Education. All of these programs are certified for one hour of free Category One CME credit by UC Davis CME. Broadcast schedules, links to view programs "on-demand," details about registering for credit, and other information can be found at For information about the Spanish language version of the series, visit

Cal-PEN was established in 2003 by HRSA grant # T01HP01405 to the California AHEC to educate licensed health professionals on bioterrorism and other public health emergencies. Cal-PEN holds in-person training seminars around the state conducted by faculty from multiple health disciplines. For more information call (559) 241-7650.

UCTV's "Med Ed Hour" airs every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 1:00pm (Pacific Time) and features a variety of medical programs for physicians, nurses and other health care professionals. UCTV is available in over 15 million households nationwide and can be viewed via the following:

Direct Broadcast Satellite: Nationwide, 24 hours a day on Dish Network, Channel 9412

C-Band Satellite: Visit for satellite coordinates

Cable TV: On local cable channels throughout California (visit for details)

Internet: Live webcast and subsequent "video-on-demand" streaming video at

This news release was originally distributed by UCTV.
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