With 2018 being the 100th anniversary of the horrific 1918 pandemic, and the 50th anniversary of the emergence of H3N2 1968, it isn't surprising that we're seeing a lot of analysis of past pandemics - and preparations for the next - coming from august institutions like the NIH, CDC, Johns Hopkins, the Smithsonian, and Emory University.
- Less than a month ago, we saw the 8-hour table top exercise (see CLADE X: Archived Video & Recap) envisioning a fictional pandemic in the very near future.
- In Early May, we looked at the day-long Emory University Webinar: 100 years of Influenza Pandemics and Practice: 1918-2018.
- While last fall, we looked at another presentation; the Smithsonian `Next Pandemic' Webinar.
At the same time, we've seen a flurry of pandemic preparedness documents released, spurred on by both the remembrances of pandemics past, and the recent surge in emerging infectious diseases around the globe.
A few, of many include:
WHO List Of Blueprint Priority Diseases
ECDC: Guide To Revising The Influenza Pandemic Preparedenss Plan
The CDC/HHS 2017 Community Pandemic Mitigation Plan
To all of this we can add a lecture that I somehow missed back in April, which is presented by our favorite pandemic historian, Dr. David M. Morens. In 2017, we looked at his NIH VideoCast: Current Infectious Disease Challenges.
Dr. Morens, regular readers will recall, has written or collaborated on numerous pandemic papers - often with Dr. J. K. Taubenberger - including:
Morens & Taubenberger - Influenza Viruses: Breaking All the RulesDr. Morens is back, delivering the 2018 John Ring LaMontagne Lecture, this year entitled:
mBio: An H7N9 Perspective by Morens, Fauci & Taubenberger
Morens and Taubenberger: A New Look At The Panzootic Of 1872
The Mother (of all Pandemics) and Her Naughty Children: 100 Years of Behaving Badly
2018 John Ring LaMontagne Lecture
Date & Time:
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Speaker: David M. Morens, M.D
The archived hour-long lecture (which I highly recommend) can be viewed at: