Tuesday, June 12, 2018

NIH Video: Dr. Morens On The Mother Of All Pandemics . . . And Her Naughty Children



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.
All three are archived, online, and are available for viewing.  And all are highly recommended.

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:
Johns Hopkins Report: The Characteristics of Pandemic Pathogens
WHO Handbook: Managing Epidemics
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:
EID Journal: Morens & Taubenberger On The Evolution Of HPAI H5Nx
Morens & Taubenberger - Influenza Viruses: Breaking All the Rules

mBio: An H7N9 Perspective by Morens, Fauci & Taubenberger

Morens and Taubenberger: A New Look At The Panzootic Of 1872

Dr. Morens is back, delivering the 2018 John Ring LaMontagne Lecture,  this year entitled:
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:


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