Head of Upstate Will Chair New Biodefense Council

Syracuse, NY – The president of Upstate Medical University in Syracuse is now the chairman of a newly created "biodefense" council.

Dr. Gregory Eastwood will head up the new committee formed by the Association of Academic Health Centers.

Eastwood says teaching hospitals will be first responders in the event of a bioterrorist attack. He says the hospitals will also be at the forefront of research and development of preventative vaccines for certain biological agents.

CLICK on the icon above to hear comments from Dr. Gregory Eastwood about the role teaching hospitals will play in the post-9/11 world.