2011 Lecture Series
Summer Fever 2011
The Hertog Global Strategy Initiative Summer 2011 Lecture Series has ended. To view a lecture, please click on the name of a speaker below. Previously recorded lectures are also available here.
- May 26
Peggy Hamburg, FDA Commissioner, on “Global Infectious Disease Threats and the Role of FDA: Past, Present and Future.”
- Margaret A. Hamburg is the 21st Commissioner of Food and Drugs. She graduated from Harvard Medical School, and completed her residency in internal medicine at what is now New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center. She conducted research on neuroscience at Rockefeller University in New York, studied neuropharmacology at the National Institute of Mental Health on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Md., and later focused on AIDS research as Assistant Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. In 1990, she joined the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as Deputy Health Commissioner, and within a year was promoted to Commissioner. During her tenure, she improved services for women and children and needle-exchange programs to reduce the spread of HIV, curbed the spread of tuberculosis in New York City, and initiated the first public health bio-terrorism defense program in the nation. In 2001, she became Vice President for Biological Programs at the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a foundation dedicated to reducing the threat to public safety from nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. For more information, click here
- June 2
Panel Discussion: “What Can History Teach Us about the Next Pandemic?”
- Panel will feature:
- George Korch, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Erez Manela, Professor of History, Harvard University
- Howard Markel, Director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan
- Randall Packard, Professor of the History of Medicine in the Institute of the History of Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University
- David Rosner, Co-Director of the Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health
- Kavita Sivaramakrishnan, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health
Moderator: Stephen Morse, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and Director of the USAID PREDICT Program
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- June 9
Robert Webster, Rose Marie Thomas Chair in Virology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, on “Influenza: Lessons Learned from Pandemic H1N1… Can We Now Ignore H5N1?”
- Robert Webster’s interests include the structure and function of influenza virus proteins and the development of new vaccines and antivirals. He has also studied the importance of influenza viruses in wild birds as a major reservoir of influenza viruses and their role in the evolution of new pandemic strains for humans and lower animals. He was the first scientist to announce a link between human flu and bird flu. He correctly posited that pandemic strains of flu arise from genes in flu virus strains in nonhumans. He has written more than 400 articles and reviews on influenza viruses, and has mentored many individuals who have been successful in contributing to our knowledge of influenza as an emerging pathogen. For more information, click here.
- June 16
James Colgrove, Associate Professor in the Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, on “Chronicle of an Epidemic Foretold: The Resurgence and Control of Tuberculosis in New York City.”
- James Colgrove, PhD, MPH, is an associate professor in the Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. His research examines the relationship between individual rights and the collective well-being and the social, political, and legal processes through which public health policies have been mediated in American history. He is the author of State of Immunity: The Politics of Vaccination in Twentieth-Century America (University of California Press, 2006) and co-author, with Amy Fairchild and Ronald Bayer, of Searching Eyes: Privacy, the State, and Disease Surveillance in America (University of California Press, 2007). His articles have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, Science, Health Affairs, Bulletin of the History of Medicine, and the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics. He is currently a Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholar in Bioethics. For more information, click here.
- June 23
DA Henderson, Dean Emeritus and Professor of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health on “Smallpox: The Death of A Disease.”
- D.A. Henderson is a Distinguished Scholar at the Center for Biosecurity of UPMC and a Professor of Public Health and Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. He was Founding Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies. From November 2001 through April 2003, he served as the Director of the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness and, later, as a Principal Science Advisor in the Office of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. He is the author of Smallpox: Death of a Disease, a personal account of the challenges, obstacles and disasters faced by an intrepid international program in achieving the global eradication of smallpox, and coeditor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed journal, Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice and Science. Additionally, he has written more than 200 articles and scientific papers, 31 book chapters, and is coauthor of the renowned Smallpox and Its Eradication, the authoritative history of the disease and its ultimate demise. For more information, click here.
- June 30
Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations, on “The Future of Global Health.”
- Laurie Garrett has been a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York since 2004. Her expertise includes global health systems, chronic and infectious diseases, and bioterrorism. She is the best-selling author of The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance and Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health. She graduated with honors in biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and attended graduate school in the Department of Bacteriology and Immunology at University of California, Berkeley. During her graduate studies, she started reporting on science news at KPFA, a local radio station, and took a leave of absence to explore journalism. She later worked for National Public Radio and Newsday, amongst other media outlets. She is the only writer ever to have been awarded all three of the Big “Ps” of journalism: the Peabody, the Polk, and the Pulitzer. For more information, click here.
- July 7
David Heymann, Chairman of the Board of The Health Protection Agency, United Kingdom, on “The Historical Evolution of International Collaborations in Cross Border Infectious Disease Events… From the Quarantine in Europe during the Medieval Plague Outbreaks on.”
- David Heymann previously served as the World Health Organisation’s Assistant Director-General for Health Security and Environment and Representative of the Director-General for Polio Eradication. Prior to this, from July 1998 until July 2003, he was Executive Director of the WHO Communicable Diseases Cluster. From October 1995 to July 1998, he was Director of the WHO Programme on Emerging and other Communicable Diseases, and prior to that, chief of research activities in the WHO Global Programme on AIDS. Before joining WHO, Dr. Heymann worked for 13 years as a medical epidemiologist in sub-Saharan Africa on assignment from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Heymann also worked for two years in India as a medical epidemiologist in the WHO Smallpox Eradication Programme. For more information, click here.
- July 14
Vincent Racaniello, Higgins Professor of Microbiology & Immunology, Columbia University, on “A Brief History of Poliomyelitis”
- Vincent Racaniello has been studying viruses for over 30 years, starting in 1975, when he entered the Ph.D. program in Biomedical Sciences at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine of the City University of New York. His thesis research was focused on influenza viruses and his postdoctoral work on poliovirus. In 1982, he joined the faculty in the Department of Microbiology at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York City, where he established a laboratory to study viruses, and to train other scientists to become virologists. Over the years, his laboratory has studied a variety of viruses including poliovirus, echovirus, enterovirus 70, rhinovirus, and hepatitis C virus. For more information, click here.
- July 21
John Lange, Senior Program Officer, Global Health Policy & Advocacy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, on “Negotiating Issues Related to Pandemic Influenza Preparedness: The Sharing of Influenza Viruses and Access to Vaccines and Other Benefits.”
- Ambassador John E. Lange retired from the Foreign Service in February 2009 and joined the Global Health Program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to retirement, Lange served in the U.S. Department of State as the Special Representative on Avian and Pandemic Influenza, Deputy Inspector General, Deputy Global AIDS Coordinator, and Associate Dean for Leadership and Management at the Foreign Service Institute. Earlier, he served as U.S. Ambassador to Botswana. As Chargé d’Affaires, he led the American Embassy in Dar es Salaam at the time of the terrorist bombing on August 7, 1998. For more information, click here.
- July 28
Stephen C. Redd, Rear Admiral, Assistant Surgeon General, United States Public Health Service, Director of the Centers for Disease Control Influenza Coordination Unit, on “”Influenza Pandemics in Context”
- Dr. Redd joined CDC in 1985 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer. As Director of the Influenza Coordination Unit, Dr. Redd is responsible for developing plans for pandemic response, exercising those plans, tracking progress in developing specific capabilities needed for an influenza pandemic, and communicating progress in these capabilities. In April 2009, shortly after the H1N1 virus was identified, he was appointed Incident Commander of CDC’s H1N1 pandemic influenza response, providing daily direction to all of CDC’s pandemic response efforts from detecting the virus through the H1N1 vaccination program. More than 3,300 CDC staff participated in the response during the 11 month activation of CDC Emergency Operations Center. He has published widely in the control of respiratory diseases, malaria control, measles epidemiology and elimination, environmental health, and asthma. For more information, click here.
- August 4
Anthony Fauci, Director of The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on “Thirty Years of HIV AIDS: A Personal Journey.”
- Anthony Fauci was appointed Director of NIAID in 1984. He oversees an extensive research portfolio of basic and applied research to prevent, diagnose, and treat infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections, influenza, tuberculosis, malaria and illness from potential agents of bioterrorism. NIAID also supports research on transplantation and immune-related illnesses, including autoimmune disorders, asthma and allergies. The NIAID budget for fiscal year 2010 is approximately $4.8 billion. Dr. Fauci serves as one of the key advisors to the White House and Department of Health and Human Services on global AIDS issues, and on initiatives to bolster medical and public health preparedness against emerging infectious disease threats such as pandemic influenza. For more information, click here.
- August 11
Allan Brandt, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Professor of the History of Science, and Amalie Moses Kass Professor of the History of Medicine at Harvard University, on “History, Health, and Global Governance: The Case of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.”
- Allan M. Brandt holds a joint appointment in the Harvard Medical School and the Department of the History of Science. Brandt earned his undergraduate degree at Brandeis University and a Ph.D. in American History from Columbia University. His work focuses on social and ethical aspects of health, disease, and medical practices in the twentieth-century United States. Brandt is the author of The Cigarette Century: The Rise, Fall, and Deadly Persistence of the Product That Defined America and No Magic Bullet: A Social History of Venereal Disease in the United States Since 1880. He has written on the social history of epidemic disease; the history of public health; and the history of human subject research among other topics. For more information, click here.
The 2011 lecture series was cosponsored by the Center for the History of Ethics of Public Health at the Mailman School of Public Health, the Mailman School of Public Health Office of Communications, and the Columbia University Global Strategy Seminar.