Combating Microbial Terrorists: How to End Our 'Deja vu All Over Again' Preparedness Paradox

From anthrax to Zika, the new millennium has challenged us with an ongoing lineup of new and re-emerging infectious disease threats. Each outbreak prompts a reactive response, short-term resource investments, and eventual codification of "lessons learned." Unfortunately, our retrospective analyses of opportunities to improve preparedness have not translated into the meaningful long-term investments and actions necessary for success, and we remain highly vulnerable to the next threat. Dr. Gerberding will describe how health protection science, government leadership, and social mobilization must work together and address this challenge head-on if we are to ever achieve the vision of global health security.


Dr. Julie L. Gerberding, MD, MPH, FACP (Executive Vice President, Merck; former Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) scrutinizes our current approach to emerging diseases, and discusses a new model for public health responses to disease crises. She is joined by Prof. Amy Kircher, DrPH (Director, Food Protection and Defense Institute, University of Minnesota) and Prof. Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH (Director, Center for Infectious Disease and Policy, University of Minnesota).


  • Format: Video
  • Length: 01:33:25
  • Release Date: April 13, 2017
  • Presenter: Julie Gerberding

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