Can We Predict the Next Pandemic?
A Virtual Conversation with Dr. Stephen S. Morse, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Wednesday, October 14, 7 pm ET on Zoom
- What are the early warning systems that help predict a potential pandemic?
- Could there be a “twindemic”–a severe influenza season on top of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic–this winter?
- What’s next after COVID-19?
On Wednesday, October 14th, Science Writers in New York invites you to join us on Zoom for a conversation with SWINY co-chair David Levine (@dlloydlevine) and Stephen S. Morse, PhD, professor of epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and an expert on risk assessment of infectious diseases.
From 2009 to 2014, Dr. Morse served as global co-director of “PREDICT,” a project of the United States Agency for International Development to strengthen global capacity for surveillance and detection of new infectious disease threats. His research interests focus on epidemiology and risk assessment of infectious diseases (particularly emerging infections, including influenza), and improving disease early warning systems.
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In 2000, he returned to Columbia University after four years in government as program manager for Biodefense at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Department of Defense, where he co-directed the Pathogen Countermeasures program and subsequently directed the Advanced Diagnostics program.
Before joining Columbia, Dr. Morse was assistant professor of virology at The Rockefeller University in New York. His book, Emerging Viruses (Oxford University Press) was selected by “American Scientist” for its list of “100 Top Science Books of the 20th Century.” Dr. Morse was chair and principal organizer of the 1989 NIAID/NIH (National Institutes of Health) Conference on Emerging Viruses, for which he originated the term and concept of emerging viruses/infections; served as a member of the Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Emerging Microbial Threats to Health (and chaired its Task Force on Viruses), and was a contributor to its report, Emerging Infections (1992). He subsequently served on the Steering Committee of the Institute of Medicine’s Forum on Microbial Threats, and has served on a number of National Academies of Sciences committees on infectious diseases, biomedical policy, and biotechnology; and as an adviser to numerous government and international organizations. He was the founding chair of ProMED (the nonprofit international Program to Monitor Emerging Diseases) and was an originator of ProMED-mail, an international network inaugurated by ProMED in 1994 for outbreak reporting and disease monitoring using the Internet. He was appointed to the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) in 2014.
Wednesday, October 14
7 to 8 pm ET