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Opening Remarks: Conference on Global Infectious Disease and U.S. Foreign Policy

Alan Lang, Chairman, Open Forum
Washington, DC
November 2, 2001

Senator Frist, Dr. Shine, Dr. La Montagne, Dr. Bloom, distinguished visitors and colleagues, good morning. I am Alan Lang, Chairman of the Secretary's Open Forum. I am very pleased to welcome you to this Conference on Global Infectious Disease and U.S. Foreign Policy, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the National Academies, in cooperation with the American Society for Microbiology and the Infectious Disease Society of America. I would like to thank the sponsors and organizers of today's conference for their hard work and generous support. Please give them all a warm round of applause. (Applause.)

Secretary Powell was asked to attend a meeting at the White House this morning, and he deeply regrets that he is unable to join us. We are delighted, however, that Dr. Norman P. Neureiter, the Science and Technology Advisor to the Secretary of State, is here to open this timely conference. Following Dr. Neureiter will be Dr. Kenneth I. Shine, President of the Institute of Medicine.

As Secretary Powell noted in his address to the United Nations Special Session on HIV/AIDS in June, President Bush is bringing the full force of the United States Government to bear in meeting challenges posed by infectious disease.

Our first speaker, Dr. Norman P. Neureiter, is a key member of the Secretary of State's team. Norm is working effectively to fully integrate science, technology and health into U.S. foreign policy, and we applaud his commitment to educating diplomats and the public about the many ways science, technology, and health under gird America's prosperity and security in a rapidly changing world.

Dr. Neureiter was sworn in as Science and Technology Advisor to the Secretary in September of last year. He came out of retirement to assume this post, having previously held senior positions at Texas Instruments. Please join me in welcoming Norm with a round of applause. (Applause.)


Released on December 24, 2002

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