The 1918 flu pandemic infected 500 million people throughout the world. The disease killed between 50 and 100 million people – three to five percent of the world’s population – resulting in one of the deadliest natural disasters in human history. Medicine has made leaps and bounds since then, but what potential pandemics are on the horizon and what can we do about them?
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, will present a public talk titled, “Pandemic Influenza: The Perpetual Challenge,” at 4:30pm on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall, on the Princeton University campus.
Dr. Fauci serves as a key adviser to the White House and Department of Health and Human Services on global AIDS issues, and on initiatives to bolster medical and public health preparedness against emerging infectious disease threats, such as pandemic influenza. He was one of the architects of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, which has been responsible for saving millions of lives throughout the developing world, and has conducted extensive research on illness from potential agents of bioterrorism. Dr. Fauci is also the long-time chief of the NIAID Laboratory of Immunoregulation.
Dr. Fauci is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the National Medal of Science, the George M. Kober Medal of the Association of American Physicians and the Mary Woodard Lasker Award for Public Service. He is a member of several organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Institute of Medicine and the American Philosophical Society. He received his M.D. from Cornell University Medical College.
This event is co-sponsored with the Center for Health and Wellbeing.