Tom Hennessy

Keynote talk title

A One Health Perspective on Climate Change in the Arctic

Short biography


Director, Arctic Investigations Program,

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Anchorage, Alaska

As a medical doctor and epidemiologist, Tom focuses on reducing infectious disease threats among peoples of the Arctic region, with special emphasis on indigenous populations. The CDC Arctic Investigations Program is a leader in Arctic health research using epidemiology, laboratory science and policy approaches to detect, understand and prevent infectious diseases and their consequences.

– Clinical certification in Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine

– US Public Health Service officer since 1990

– Graduate of Antioch College, the Mayo Clinic Medical School, Emory University School of Public Health and the CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service

– Represents CDC on the US Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee, which developed the US Arctic Research Plan for 2017 – 2021

– US Representative for the Arctic Council’s Human Health Experts Group

– Co-lead Climate Sensitive Infectious Disease Workgroup, International Circumpolar Surveillance network

– Affiliated faculty, University of Alaska, Anchorage. Department of Health Sciences

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