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Microbiologists, other panelists to participate in anthrax forum

Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Two University of Illinois microbiologists will be among the five panelists participating in a free, public forum on anthrax and bioterrorism that begins at 8 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 24) in Lincoln Hall Theater, 702 S. Wright St., Urbana. Members of the audience will be able to ask questions of the expert panelists after they speak.

The panelists: Abigail Salyers, professor of microbiology and president of the American Society for Microbiology; Brenda Wilson, professor of microbiology and an expert on anthrax and anthrax toxins; Dr. Robert Palinkas, the director of McKinley Health Center on campus; Lynne Reagan, a registered nurse and the infection control coordinator for Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana; and Capt. Krystal Fitzpatrick of the UI Police Department.

The event is sponsored by Carle Hospital, the McKinley Health Center, the Office of the Chancellor, and the department of microbiology.