Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Emory University Webinar: 100 years of Influenza Pandemics and Practice: 1918-2018


Two days ago Emory University, in conjunction with the CDC, held a day-long seminar on pandemic influenza, which was live-streamed on the Internet.

The speaker list reads like a Who's Who of influenza research, and included Dr. Anne Schuchat, & Dr. Dan Jernigan of the CDC, noted historian John Barry, and CIDRAP director Dr. Michael Osterholm (to name but a few).
The full agenda (and speaker list) is available on the CDC website (see 1918 Pandemic Flu Symposium Agenda).
Alas, my schedule prevented me from being able to watch it live, but the entire 8+ hours is now available (in two parts) to stream from the Rollins School of Public Health channel on YouTube.

The first part runs just under 4 hours.

While Part 2 runs right at 4.5 hours.

With 2018 being both the 100th anniversary of the 1918 pandemic, and the 50th anniversary of the 1968 pandemic, our attention is rightfully set on dealing with the next - inevitable - pandemic.    
While influenza is the most likely culprit, there are more than a few second tier contenders, including SARS, MERS, Monkeypox, Ebola, and even Disease X; the one we don't yet know exists. 
Last fall, we looked at another pandemic webinar (see Smithsonian `Next Pandemic' Webinar Now Available Online), which would make a good, albeit much shorter, companion to this week's conference.  

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