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Event Title
The CORE Network
January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

About the Speaker

Stic Harris, DVM, MPH
Director, Coordinated Outbreak Response & Evaluation (CORE) Network
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)

Stic Harris has a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia and a Master’s in Public Health in molecular epidemiology and public health genetics from the University of Michigan. He joined the U.S. Food & Drug Administration in August 2017 as the Director of the Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation (CORE) Network. In this role, Dr. Harris oversees FDA’s full-time staff dedicated to preventing, detecting, and investigating outbreaks related to human food, cosmetics, and dietary supplements.

Distinguishing himself as a leader in the world of outbreak response, Dr. Harris brings with him an invaluable mix of clinical and policy experience. Formerly with the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch (AFHSB), the central epidemiologic resource for the U.S. military, he formed and led the Alert and Response Operations Team in the Integrated Biosurveillance division, where the work is focused on monitoring infectious diseases. Dr. Harris’ team was responsible for identifying, verifying, and delivering the latest information and assessments of outbreaks affecting the Department of Defense.

Prior to his four years at AFHSB, Dr. Harris was a veterinary medical officer at the Department of Homeland Security. He was based in the Office of Health Affairs, where he was the liaison to One Health, the global initiative to unite human and veterinary medicine. He also worked on strategy for the National Biosurveillance Integration Center, which integrates information about biological threats to human, animal, plant and environmental health, and served as the acting Biodefense Advisor.  From 2009-2010, he was a AAAS/AVMA (American Association for the Advancement of Science/American Veterinary Medical Association) Congressional Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the office of Minnesota Senator Al Franken, working on health care, food safety, infectious disease, agriculture, and biodefense. Additionally, Dr. Harris served as Senator Al Franken’s lead on the Food Safety Modernization Act during the congressional review and committee hearings.

Dr. Harris also spent several years working as an epidemiologist in both the Texas and Georgia state health departments on such varied topics as lead poisoning prevention, prion diseases, arthritis, bioterrorism, maternal and child health, and cancer.

Other former positions of note include time as an emergency medical technician, a research associate in emergency medicine, and a professional hockey player.

About the Presentation:

FDA’s Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation (CORE) Network was created to manage not just outbreak response, but surveillance and post-response activities related to incidents involving multiple illnesses linked to FDA-regulated human food, dietary supplements, and cosmetic products. Learn how outbreaks are investigated – find out how are they identified, what steps are taken to stop them, and how learning from these investigations can prevent them from happening again.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the mission of CORE.
  • List at least five partners with whom CORE works.
  • Explain the movement of an outbreak through the CORE Teams.
  • Give an example of a pathogen/food commodity pair.

Continuing Education Activity Outline


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