Prize-winning author Sonia Shah moderates an expert panel on emerging infectious diseases. 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?
To answer these questions and in conjunction with the release of PANDEMIC: Tracking Contagions from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2016), panelists will discuss 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.
John Brownstein, Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and the Chief Innovation Officer of Boston Children’s Hospital
Carl Gierstorfer, Journalist and filmmaker with a background in biology
W. Ian Lipkin, Director of the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University
Amy Maxmen, Journalist who covers disease, science policy, and evolution
Free and open to the public; advance registration is requested. To register for this event, please visit The New York Academy of Medicine website.