Where will the Next Pandemic Come From?

Emily  Miranker's picture
February 23, 2016
New York, United States
Subject Fields: 
Health and Health Care, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Political Science, Public Health, Public History

Where will the Next Pandemic Come From?

Over the past 50 years, over 300 infectious diseases have newly emerged or re-emerged in new territory where they’ve never been seen before—from Ebola to cholera and avian influenza—and according to a recent survey, 90 percent of epidemiologists believe one of them will cause a deadly, disruptive pandemic sometime in the next two generations. But which one? And how?

This event will explore the history and future of emerging diseases, and the social, political, and scientific drivers that turn these new pathogens into pandemics.

Moderator Sonia Shah is a science journalist and prize-winning author. Her writing on science, politics, and human rights has appeared in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Scientific American, and elsewhere. She received support from the Pulitzer Center for her reporting on cholera outbreaks in New York and Haiti.

The panel includes Peter Daszak, President of EcoHealth Alliance, a US-based organization that conducts research and outreach on global health; Carl Gierstorfer, a Pulitzer Center-supported journalist and filmmaker with a background in biology; W. Ian Lipkin, Director of the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University; and Amy Maxmen, a Pulitzer Center-supported journalist who covers disease, science policy, and evolution among other topics.

This lecture is part of the New York Academy of Medicine Library’s History of Medicine series. 

Date:                     Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Time:                     6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location:              The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029

Free and open to the public; advance registration is requested. To register for this event, click here: The Next Pandemic

Reception to follow.

For more information about this and other upcoming history of medicine events in the New York area, see the calendar page of our blog, “Books, Health, and History”: http://nyamcenterforhistory.org/calendar/.

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Emily Miranker, MA
Team Administrator/Project Coordinator

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The New York Academy of Medicine

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