Minnesota Technical Symposium

The 13th Annual Minnesota Technical Symposium (MinnTS) will be held March 19th, 2015 at Medtronic Headquarters in Fridley, MN. MinnTS is a joint meeting of scientific and technical societies; the event combines networking with presentations on a wide range of topics. The featured speakers at the 2014 MinnTS will be Dr. Richard Danila and Marc Roe.

Dr. Danila will present on the reasons why there has been a global emergence of infectious diseases in the last 20 years with an emphasis on the current Ebola Virus Disease outbreak and its implications for Minnesota.

Protecting workers during an infectious disease outbreak presents challenges including selection, training and utilization of appropriate level of personal protective equipment (PPE). Each outbreak is unique and on many occasions there is debate around the potential modes of transmission leading to uncertainty in determining necessary PPE. Moreover, formal guidance from health authorities as to the appropriate PPE ensemble evolves as more information about the infectious disease becomes known. Once the level of the worker and tasks may provide unique challenges. These challenges will be discussed with regards to PPE design and selection.

The $30 registration fee is a discounted price for members of the Minnesota Academy of Science. Registration opens on February 20th and will close March 11th. Register online through http://www.minnts.org.