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Improving Global Health, Strengthening Global Security


Overview

Improving Global Health, Strengthening Global Security was held in Washington, DC, on November 22, 2010. With the support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Center for Biosecurity of UPMC hosted this invitational meeting to bring together nearly 200 leaders from the federal government, the policy community, top think tanks, academia, and major media outlets.

The meeting focused on policies and programs important to improving global public health and to strengthening global security-efforts that collectively comprise global health security. Such efforts include international cooperation in support of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) and the International Health Regulations (IHR); disease surveillance for outbreaks of international importance and urgency; exchange of technical information and new pathogens for vaccine, medicine, and diagnostic development; and prevention, early warning, and control of serious animal disease outbreaks.

There is momentum on global health security both internationally and nationally, with many distinct programmatic activities across the U.S. government. However, there are comparatively few opportunities for leaders in the field to meet, share accomplishments, identify common challenges, and consider new approaches. This meeting provided one such opportunity.

This summary report provides a brief synopsis of panel discussions and individual presentations. We invite you to explore the conference website, where you will find videos of the day's discussions as well as the conference agenda, speaker bios, attendee list, and background readings.




Agenda

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Welcome and Opening Remarks
Tom Inglesby, Chief Executive Officer and Director, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC


Advancing Issues at the Health-Security Interface: A Policy Perspective
James B. Petro, Director for Biological Threat Reduction and Counterterrorism Policy, White House WMD Coordinator's Office, National Security Council
Note: At the request of the speaker, Dr. Petro's talk was off the record.


Panel Discussion—Biological Weapons Convention and the International Health Regulations: Successes, Priorities, and Biggest Challenges Ahead

  • Gigi Gronvall, Senior Associate, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC, Moderator
  • Piers Millett, Deputy Head, BWC Implementation Support Unit, United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs, UN Office at Geneva
  • Christopher J. Park, Director, Biological Policy Staff, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, Department of State
  • Keiji Fukuda, Assistant Director-General for Health Security and Environment, World Health Organization


Building Global Health Capacity and Strengthening US National Security
Andrew Weber, Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Chemical and Biological Defense Programs, U.S. Department of Defense


Managing the Influenza Matrix in Line with the "One Health Vision"
Ilaria Capua, Director, OIE/FAO International Reference Laboratory for Newcastle Disease and Avian Influenza and OIE Collaborating Center for Diseases at the Human-Animal Interface


Panel Discussion—Multinational Disease Surveillance Networks: What Is Working and What Is Needed?

  • Anita Cicero, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Director, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC, Moderator
  • Dennis Carroll, Director, Avian Influenza and Other Emerging Threats Programs, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Guénaël Rodier, Director, Communicable Diseases, Health Security and Environment, World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe
  • Marlo Libel, Medical Epidemiologist and Public Health Consultant; Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases Unit, Pan American Health Organization/WHO, 1985-2009


IHR Capacity Building-Simple Goals Can Drive Progress
Scott F. Dowell, Director, Division of Global Disease Detection and Emergency Response, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Panel Discussion: New Innovations for Surveillance: What Is Most Promising? What Can We Expect? (video not available)

  • Jennifer Nuzzo, Senior Associate, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC, Moderator
  • Julie Pavlin, Director, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Uniformed Services University
  • Donald S. Burke, Dean, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health; Director, Center for Vaccine Research
  • Mark Smolinski, Director, Global Health Threats, Skoll Global Threats Fund


Destruction of the Smallpox Virus?
D.A. Henderson, Distinguished Scholar, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC


Closing Remarks
Tom V. Inglesby, Chief Operating Officer and Director, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC




Speakers
 

Donald S. Burke
Donald S. Burke, MD
Dean, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health; Director, Center for Vaccine Research
 
Ilaria Capua
Ilaria Capua, PhD, DVM
Director, OIE/FAO International Reference Laboratory for Newcastle Disease and Avian Influenza and OIE Collaborating Center for Diseases at the Human-Animal Interface
 
Dennis Carroll
Dennis Carroll, PhD
Director, Avian Influenza and Other Emerging Threats Programs, U.S. Agency for International Development
 
Anita Cicero
Anita Cicero, JD
Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Director, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
 
Scott F. Dowell
Scott F. Dowell, MD, MPH
Director, Division of Global Disease Detection and Emergency Response, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
 
Keiji Fukuda
Keiji Fukuda, MD, MPH
Assistant Director-General for Health Security and Environment, World Health Organization
 
Gigi Gronvall
Gigi Gronvall, PhD
Senior Associate, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
 
D. A. Henderson
D. A. Henderson, MD, MPH
Distinguished Scholar, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
 
Thomas V. Inglesby
Thomas V. Inglesby, MD
Chief Executive Officer and Director, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
 
Marlo Libel
Marlo Libel, MD, MPH
Medical Epidemiologist and Public Health Consultant; Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases Unit, Pan American Health Organization/WHO, 1985-2009
 
Piers Millett
Piers Millett, PhD
Deputy Head, BWC Implementation Support Unit, United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs, UN Office at Geneva
 
Jennifer Nuzzo
Jennifer Nuzzo, SM
Senior Associate, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
 
Christopher J. Park
Christopher J. Park, MS
Director, Biological Policy Staff, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, Department of State
 
Julie Pavlin
Julie Pavlin, MD, PhD, MPH
Director, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Uniformed Services University
 
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James B. Petro, PhD
Director for Biological Threat Reduction and Counterterrorism Policy, White House WMD Coordinator's Office, National Security Council
 
Guénaël Rodier
Guénaël Rodier, MD, MSc
Director, Communicable Diseases, Health Security and Environment, World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe
 
Mark Smolinski
Mark Smolinski, MD, MPH
Director, Global Health Threats, Skoll Global Threats Fund
 
Andrew Weber
Andrew Weber, MS
Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Chemical and Biological Defense Programs, U.S. Department of Defense
 


Attendees

  • Amesh Adalja, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Terry Adirim, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, HRSA
  • Carlos Alvarez-Antolinez, Delegation of the European Union
  • Shoshana Avertick
  • Jennifer Bae, State Department
  • Jena Baker McNeill, The Heritage Foundation
  • Kirk Bansak, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies
  • Sonia Ben Ouagrham-Gormley, George Mason University
  • Kavita Berger, American Assoc. for the Advancement of Sci.
  • Diane Berry, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
  • Luciana Borio, Food and Drug Administration
  • Diana Boss, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
  • Nidhi Bouri, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Mike Bray, Integrated Research Facility, NIAID
  • Roger Breeze, Centaur Science Group
  • Kristy Brown, Senate HSGAC
  • Don Burke, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
  • Cathy Campbell, CRDF
  • Ilaria Capua, OIE/FAO
  • Ellen Carlin, House Committee on Homeland Security
  • Dennis Carroll, USAID
  • Phil Carroll, PATH
  • Carlos Castillo-Salgado, Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Eileen Choffnes, National Academy of Sciences
  • Jean-Paul Chretien II, Marine Expeditionary Force
  • Anita Cicero, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Jerome Cordts, MITRE
  • Bernard Courtney, The Tauri Group
  • Brooke Courtney, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Lee Daugherty, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Robert Davis, Office of Health Affairs U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Chris Decker, ODNI/National Intelligence Council
  • Raphael Della Ratta, Partnership for a Global Security
  • Molly D'Esopo, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Diane DiEuliis, Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • James Diggans, The MITRE Corporation
  • Cosmo DiMaggio III, The Tauri Group
  • Scott Dowell, U.S. Ctrs. for Disease Control & Prevention
  • Diana Elkis, PRTM
  • Joanna Engstrom-Brown, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Gerald Epstein, American Assoc. for the Advancement of Sci.
  • Nicole Errett, Baltimore City
  • Richard W. Fieldhouse, Senate Armed Services Committee
  • Aaron Firoved, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
  • Julie Fischer, Stimson Center
  • Jackie Fox, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • David Franz, Midwest Research Institute
  • Keiji Fukuda, World Health Organization
  • Philomena Gambale, UPMC
  • Anfeng Gao, Princeton University
  • Alexander Garza, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
  • Bruce Gellin, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Dylan George, DoD/NCMI
  • Elizabeth George, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security S&T
  • Kathryn Godfrey, Government Accountability Office
  • Jennifer Gordon, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
  • Ian Grant, OSD
  • Kelsey Gregg, Federation of American Scientists
  • Michael Gresalfi, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, FEMA
  • Louise Gresham, NTI
  • Jennie Gromoll, U.S. Department of State
  • Gigi Kwik Gronvall, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Robert Guidos, Infectious Diseases Society of America
  • Elin Gursky, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
  • James Guyton, PRTM Management Consultants, LLC
  • Howard Gwon, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Mary Beth Hansen, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Cynthia Hansen, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
  • Richard Hatchett, National Security Staff
  • D. A. Henderson, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Melissa Hersh, Hersh Consulting, LLC
  • David Hoffman, The Washington Post/Foreign Policy magazine
  • Erin Hoffman, Department of Homeland Security
  • Robert Hooks, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
  • Jo Husbands, The National Academies
  • Noreen Hynes, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Paula Imbro, The Tauri Group
  • Thomas V. Inglesby, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Audrey Jackson, Infectious Diseases Society of America
  • Peter Jahrling, National Institutes of Health
  • James James, American Medical Association
  • Maria Jasen, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • William Jenkins, Jr., Government Accountability Office
  • Matthew Johns, GEIS
  • Til Jolly, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, FEMA
  • Amanda Jones, Government Accountability Office
  • Jofi Joseph, U.S. Department of State
  • Peter Jutro, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Rebecca Katz, George Washington University
  • Paul Kerr, Congressional Research Service
  • Larry Kerr, ODNI
  • Adeela Khan, George Washington University
  • Lynne Kidder, Center for Excellence in Disaster Management/ Humanitarian Assistance
  • Andrew Kim, DTRA
  • Randall Kincaid, DTRA
  • Gregory Koblentz, George Mason University
  • John Koerner, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, ASPR
  • George Korch, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, ASPR
  • Akhila Kosaraju, SIGA Technologies
  • Gerald Kovacs, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, ASPR, BARDA
  • Clarence Lam, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Randy Larsen, WMD Center
  • James Lawler, National Institutes of Health, NIAID
  • Matthew Lawlor, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, ASPR, BARDA
  • Vernon Lee, World Health Organization
  • Gay Hee Lee, Govt. Accountability Office, Health Care Team
  • Edward Levine, Senate Foreign Affairs Committee
  • Sheri Lewis, Johns Hopkins University, APL
  • Marlo Libel, Global Health, LLC
  • Dara Lieberman, Trust for America's Health
  • Tanna Liggins, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Davia Lilly, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Matthew Lim, World Health Organization
  • Carol Linden, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
  • Dan Lucey, Georgetown Department of Microbiology and Immunology
  • Mollie Mahany, U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
  • Bob Maloney, Baltimore City Office of Emergency Mgmt.
  • Mammen Mammen, NCMI
  • Monique Mansoura, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, ASPR, OPP
  • Craig Martinez, Senate HELP Committee
  • Martin Matishak, Global Security Newswire
  • Janis McCarroll, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, FEMA
  • Leslie McGorman, Infectious Diseases Society of America
  • Scott McNabb, Emory Univ., Rollins School of Public Health
  • Richard McNally, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
  • Kay Mereish, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
  • Bernard Merkel, Delegation of the European Union
  • Gretchen Michael, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, ASPR
  • Josh Michaud, Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Joy M. Miller, ODNI
  • Piers Millett, United Nations
  • Nishal Mohan, Federation of American Scientists
  • Michael Moodie, Congressional Research Service
  • Ryan Morhard, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Kathryn Morici, NCMI
  • Stephen Morse, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health
  • Anna Muldoon, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
  • Randy Murch, Virginia Tech
  • Jessica Nagasako, Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs, U.S. Senate
  • Tom Neal, MITRE Corporation
  • Lucienne Nelson, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
  • Ann Norwood, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Jennifer Nuzzo, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Coley O'Brien, House Committee on Homeland Security
  • Christopher Park, U.S. Department of State
  • Tracy Parker, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
  • Julie Pavlin, Uniformed Services Univ. of the Health Sciences
  • Dana Perkins, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
  • Robert Pestronk, NACCHO
  • James B. Petro, National Security Council
  • Jude Plessas, U.S. Postal Service
  • Elizabeth Prescott, U.S. Dept. of State, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs
  • Lewis Radonovich, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Kunal Rambhia, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • William Raub
  • Paul Rice
  • Corinne Ringholz, ANSER
  • Guenael Rodier, WHO Regional Office for Europe
  • Sara Rubin, National Oil Spill Commission
  • Philip Russell, Sabin Vaccine Institute
  • Tiaji Salaam-Blyther, Library of Congress
  • Monica Schoch-Spana, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Tara Kirk Sell, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Jim Semivan
  • Donald Shriber, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Sikha Singh, Association of Public Health Laboratories
  • Laurence Slutsker, U.S. Ctrs. for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Brad Smith, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Mark Smolinski, Skoll Global Threats Fund
  • Joel Spangenberg, HSGAC/Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management
  • Clare Stroud, Institute of Medicine
  • Kate Summers, U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms
  • Ludy Suryantoro, World Health Organization
  • Courtney Tauscher, Support to DHS OHA
  • Terence Taylor, International Council for Life Sciences
  • Eric Toner, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Murray Trostle, USAID
  • Jessica Tucker, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
  • Price Tyson, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Jo Velardo, Homeland Security Studies & Analysis Institute
  • John Vitko, Retired
  • John Wade, Battelle
  • Richard Waldhorn, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Matthew Watson, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Andrew Weber, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Susan Weekly, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs
  • Anna Weinstein, Biotechnology Industry Organization
  • Mark Weitekamp, ANSER
  • Sam Wollner, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Kevin Wrench, DTRA
  • Jessica Zuckerman, The Heritage Foundation