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Vector-borne disease in a changing world: Insights from ecology across scales

January 5, 2017

Abstract: Globally, infectious diseases are emerging at an increasing rate. Vector-borne diseases in particular present one of the biggest threats to public health globally.

The Global Infectious Disease Threat and Dual use Pathogens

October 27, 2016

Abstract: The Federal response to dual use pathogens is being actively debated. We are at a critical juncture between free science exploration and government policy. Should science be regulated?

What's out there? Microbial diversity, security, and the public health

October 14, 2013

More information TBA.    Speaker bio: David A. Relman, M.D., is the Thomas C. and Joan M.

Global Health Diplomacy in North Korea: the Stanford Tuberculosis Project in the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea

November 26, 2012

About the topic: Stanford University, in collaboration with humanitarian NGOs, WHO, the Global Fund and the North Korean Ministry of Public Health have undertaken to develop that country's first...

Mechanisms of Antibiotic Resistance and the Impact of Drug Resistance on the Development and Use of Antibiotics

January 23, 2012

Antibiotics have represented the primary line of defense for treating bacterial infections since 1935 when the first sulfur-containing compounds were introduced.

The Insider Threat: Preserving the Good of Powerful Science in a Dangerous World

December 5, 2011

Recent events in the U.S. have raised concerns about the safety and security of research with hazardous microbial agents, particularly with regard to the insider threat.

Designing Policy using Modeling within Complex Socio-Technical Systems

December 1, 2011

Robert Glass, Jr. is the 2011-2012 Perry Fellow at CISAC.

What to Do about Flu? A Public Health Challenge

November 28, 2011

Infectious diseases, especially those transmitted from person to person through the respiratory route, continue to pose a threat to the global community.

The Politics of Militancy: Evidence from Pakistan

February 18, 2010

Combating militant violence-particularly within South Asia and the Middle East-stands at the top of the international security agenda.

Public Health Preparedness and the Unthinkable: Reflections on Nuclear Terrorism and Pandemic Influenza

December 3, 2008

Abstract:  In this era of catastrophic terrorism and heightened concerns about pandemic influenza and other emerging diseases, unprecedented resources have been allocated to improving medical and...

Presidential Leadership, Illness, and Decision Making

November 20, 2008

Rose McDermott is a Professor of Political Science at Brown University.  She is currently a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.  She holds a...

Natural Security: A Darwinian Approach to a Dangerous World

May 28, 2008

Arms races among invertebrates, intelligence gathering by the immune system and alarm calls by marmots are but a few of nature’s security strategies that have been tested and modified over billions...

Is Mother Nature the Best Bioterrorist?

April 16, 2008

As we find ourselves at the start of the "biological century" with a wealth of potential benefits to public health, agriculture, and global economies, it is almost deliberately naive to think that...

The Global Burden of Infectious Disease

May 1, 2007

Despite predictions of their eradication in the 1960s, infectious diseases remain a significant cause of global health, economic, and social problems.

Cooperative Threat Reduction: Former Soviet Biological Weapons Facilities

January 16, 2007

The speaker will describe his experiences over ten years of developing a comprehensive program to engage the formerly top secret Soviet biological weapons complex through joint scientific research...

Early Infectious Disease Diagnosis Using Genomics

November 28, 2006

A key pillar and unmet need in the defense against threats to health is the ability to recognize the etiological factor(s) and predict the course of disease, at early points in the timeline of the...

Cancer Risk Following Exposure to Low Level Radiation

February 7, 2006

For the past five years, the Committee on the Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation (BEIR VII) of the National Academy of Science has reviewed and analyzed the health risks from exposure to low...

Effective Policies to Control BSE (Mad Cow Disease)

June 7, 2005

Cellular prion protein (PrPC) is present in the healthy adult brain. It is a presumably essential membrane protein but its cellular function is unclear.

International Disease Surveillance and Global Security

May 11, 2001

Professor Joshua Lederberg, a research geneticist, is Sackler Foundation Scholar, President-emeritus at The Rockefeller University in New York, and a consulting professor of the Institute for...


1 RSD13 085 0052a 001 David Relman Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine, Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Steve Luby Headshot Stephen P. Luby Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine, Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment, Professor, Epidemiology & Population Health (by courtesy)