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Speakers Profiles

Janet E. Stout

 PhD, President and Director, Special Pathogens Laboratory

Dr. Janet E. Stout is president and director of Special Pathogens Laboratory, and research associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

An infectious disease microbiologist, Dr. Stout is recognized worldwide for seminal discoveries and pioneering research in Legionella.

Her expertise includes prevention and control strategies for Legionnaires’ disease in building water systems.

Dr. Stout’s more than 30 years of research is published in peer-reviewed medical and scientific journals.

She has also authored textbook chapters on Legionella and Legionnaires’ disease, including the Legionella chapter in the APIC Text. An advocate for prevention, Dr. Stout assisted in developing the first Legionella prevention guideline (1993) in the United States, which continues to serve as a model for national and global health agencies and organizations.

Additionally, she serves on the ASHRAE Legionella standard committee for Legionella Guideline 12 and the SPC 188 committee for ANSI / ASHRAE Standard 188-2015 Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems, the first U. S. standard passed in June 2015.

Recently, Dr. Stout was elected to the board of the Cooling Technology Institute.


Dr. Steven Pergam

Medical Director of Infection Prevention Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and Infectious Disease Researcher, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Dr. Steven Pergam is an Associate Member in the Clinical Research and Vaccine and Infectious Disease Divisions at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and an Associate Professor in the Division of Allergy & Infectious Diseases at the University of Washington.

He also received his MPH from the University of Washington’s School of Public Health.

Dr. Pergam area of interest is infectious diseases in immunocompromised hosts, specifically in cancer and transplant patients.

He serves as the Director of Infection Prevention at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/Seattle Cancer Alliance and has focuses his research and clinical effort on hospital epidemiology and infection control efforts specific to these high-risk populations.






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