Expert panel to address swine flu outbreak, May 6
Audience:Open to the Public
The Woodrow Wilson School will host a panel discussion, "The Swine Flu Outbreak: Can a Pandemic be Prevented?" on Wednesday, May 6 at 4:30 p.m. in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall on the Princeton University campus. A public reception in Shultz Dining Room will follow the discussion.
Panelists will include:
-- Adel Mahmoud M.D., Senior Policy Analyst and Lecturer with the rank of Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School and the University’s Department of Molecular Biology, and former president of Merck Vaccines;
-- Laura Kahn, M.D, M.P.P. ’02, M.P.H., Research Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson School’s Program on Science and Global Security; and
-- Lynn Enquist, the Henry L. Hillman Professor and Chair of the Department of Molecular Biology and Professor in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute at Princeton.
Dr. Mahmoud's research and teaching focuses on medical and policy issues related to microbial threats - life-threatening transmissible diseases such as pandemic influenza and the use of microorganisms for bioterrorism - as well on the means by which vaccines are introduced into the developing world. Mahmoud served as president of Merck Vaccines from 1999 to 2005. At Merck he was responsible for the company's vaccine program that resulted in four new vaccines for rotavirus; HPV; shingles; and a combination vaccine for measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella, in addition to a significant development program for other vaccines including HIV.
Dr. Kahn led a two-year study assessing the public health infrastructures of New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania under a Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation grant from 2003 to 2005. Before joining the Princeton University staff, she was managing physician for the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, and a medical officer for the Food and Drug Administration. She is currently a monthly columnist for the online Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and has authored the forthcoming book "Who’s in Charge: Leadership during Epidemics" (Praeger Security International, 2009).
Prof. Enquist earned his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the Medical College of Virginia. His research interests are the genetics and molecular biology of DNA viruses with a special emphasis on neurotropic alpha herpes viruses. Enquist has published over 196 articles or books, and is an inventor on four U.S. patents. He served as President of the American Society for Virology.
The event is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. It is free and open to the public.