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MITAC and Bioterroism, December 2001

MITAC Executive Director, Charles Doarn participated in a Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) meeting on Combating Terrorism: Connecting Virginia's Bio-Defense Companies on December 13. The meeting was held at CIT headquarters in Herndon, VA. The attendess were from DoD and a number of Virgina Biotechnology Companies. The focus was on how Virginia Biotechnology Companies could work together on developing technologies for detecting and responding to biological or chemical terrorism.

Doarn Named to the Editorial Board of the Telemedicine Journal and E-Health, November 2001

Charles R. Doarn, MBA, Executive Director of MITAC has been named to the Editorial Board of the Telemedicine Journal and E-Health. The Telemedicine Journal and E-Health is the official journal of the American Telemedicine Association. The journal is entering its 8th year. During this time, Mr. Doarn and the MITAC have published over 10 manuscripts in this journal. The work that Mr. Doarn and the MITAC are engaged in will serve to enrich and extend the range of expertise of the journal. Mr. Doarn will work closely the editor and the editorial staff to continue to refine content and editorial policy.

Merrell and Doarn Advisors to the Russian Telemedicine Foundation, October 2001

Dr. Ronald Merrell and Mr. Charles Doarn were recently named advisors to the Russian Telemedicine Foundation. Headquartered at the Moscow State University in Moscow, Russia, the Foundation was established out of work that Merrell and Doarn have been involved with since the early 1990's. The Foundation is developing and championing the integration of telemedicine into health care throughout Russia and several former Soviet Republics. The MITAC, VCU's Department of Surgery telemedicine laboratory, has been working on bilateral collaboration in telemedicine, distance learning and development of web-based tools. Merrell and Doarn will work closely with the Foundation as it meets to accomplishes this mission.

VCU International Telemedicine Service Partners with Armenia, October 2001

Dr. Ronald Merrell and Dr. Vladimir Lavrentyev traveled to Yerevan, Armenia September 28-October 3, 2001. While there, Dr. Merrell completed negotiations for the first telemedicine project for the VCU International Telemedicine Service. The program partner is the Diagnostica Medical Corporation in Yerevan, Armenia. The Diagnostica Medical Corporation is the pioneer institute in telemedicine which managed the original telemedicine project following the earthquake in Armenia in 1988.

During his trip Dr. Merrell met with the US Ambassador to the Republic of Armenia, USAID managers, the Armenian Minister of Health, the World Bank officials, local clinics and was the guest of Dr. Armen Darbinyan, former Prime Minister of Armenia. He lectured on the topics of "Beyond Telemedicine," "Telehealth in Armenia," and "Telemedicine: Emerging Techniques in Health Care."

MITAC Board of Director's Meeting, September 2001

September 10, 2001, marked the second annual meeting of the MITAC Board of Directors. The venue for the meeting was the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park. The board welcomed new members, Dr. Ronald Poropatich from Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Mr. Conrad Clyburn from Georgetown University and DOD's Telemedicine Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), and Mr. Carter Scott with McGuire Woods. The meeting was well attended by the board (9 members; 1 advisor) as well as visitors from NASA Headquarters. The Board received a number of briefings on the status of MITAC activities during the past year and plans for the upcoming year (FY2002) from Mr. Charles Doarn and Dr. Ronald Merrell. In addition, Mr. David Lohr provided a tour and presentation of the Virginia Biosciences Development Center (VBDC). A summary of the meeting is available online.

The MITAC has a Board of Directors and advisors that provides guidance as it performs its activities as a NASA Commercial Space Center.

Doarn Elected Treasurer ATA

Charles R. Doarn, MBA, Executive Director of MITAC was elected to serve a one-year term as Treasurer of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) at the 6th Annual Meeting held June 3-6, 2001 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Potential Interaction with South Africa

On May 30, 2001, Mr. Charles Doarn met with Dr. Sam Gulube, Director of Telemedicine Research for the Medical Research Council in Pretoria, South Africa (center) and Mr. Conrad Clyburn with the US Army's Telemedicine and Technology Research Center at Ft. Detrick, Maryland. Dr. Gulube was hosted by General John Parker, who is the commanding general of Ft. Detrick and Science Advisor to MITAC. Dr. Gulube is interested in establishing a partnership with MITAC to explore common areas of research and teaching in telemedicine.

Embassy of Uzbekistan

On April 9, 2001, Dr. and Mrs. Merrell, Mr. Charles Doarn, and Dr. Vladimir Lavrentyev were guests of Ambassador Sodyq Safaev at the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Washington DC. Other guests included Dr. Arnauld Nicogossian, Chief Health and Medical Officer at NASA, Dr. Richard Williams, Deputy Chief Health and Medical Officer at NASA, and Dr. Roald Sagdeev, Director of the East West Space Science Center at the University of Maryland. After a brief tour and lunch, the group discussed opportunities for collaborating in telemedicine and distance learning in Uzbekistan. MITAC will work closely with the medical community of Uzbekistan to solicit joint funding opportunities.

MITAC Board of Directors Meeting January 2001

On January 8, 2001, the MITAC Board of Directors held its semi-annual meeting at VCU. The Board received a number of "interim status" briefings on MITAC activities. Minutes of the Board Meeting are available online here. The Board is comprised of academic, industrial and governmental representative. The next Board of Directors Meeting is scheduled to be held on September 10, 2001.

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