Keynote Speaker: Edwin Kilbourne (New York Medical College)Presented by the Emerging Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Discussion Group
Reported by Marilynn Larkin | Posted July 7, 2009
When novel influenza strains originate in animals such as birds or pigs and then make the jump to humans, the severity of the resulting disease is unpredictable. In March 2009, public health officials realized that people in Mexico were becoming ill from a strain of H1N1 swine influenza to which humans had no previous exposure. This sparked an international response, and the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a pandemic.
On May 28, 2009, shortly before the WHO's declaration, the New York Academy of Sciences brought together a panel of vaccine experts, epidemiologists, and policymakers to discuss the outbreak. The purpose of the symposium was to share current data and insights into human swine flu, as well as strategies that could help quell the impact of future pandemic strains or a more virulent form of H1N1.
Representatives of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York City Department of Health discussed efforts to manage national, international, and local responses to the outbreak. Vaccine scientists and influenza researchers from pharmaceutical companies and government labs also described their strategies for responding to novel viral disease outbreaks, including H1N1 and avian H5N1, and discussed antiviral agents that can mitigate disease when an effective vaccine is not available.
Video interview with Michael Shaw (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Shaw describes national and international public health efforts to fight the pandemic.
Video interview with Doris Bucher (New York Medical College)
Bucher explains the biology of influenza viruses and how scientists are working to develop a swine flu vaccine.
Podcast: The Science of H1N1
The Academy's Science & the City Podcast speaks with Doris Bucher, Kanta Subbarao, and Scott Harper about the H1N1 swine influenza outbreak.
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Doris Bucher (New York Medical College)
Edwin D. Kilbourne (New York Medical College)
Michael Shaw (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Scott Harper (New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene)
Kanta Subbarao (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, NIH)
Philip R. Dormitzer (Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics)
John Treanor (University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry)
Dominick A. Iacuzio (Hoffmann-La Roche Inc.)
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