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Henderson Named Coeditor-in-Chief of Biosecurity Journal

JANUARY 6, 2010—Baltimore, MD—D. A. Henderson, MD, MPH, has been named Coeditor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science, joining Thomas V. Inglesby, MD, who will continue as Coeditor-in-Chief. Dr. Henderson succeeds Tara O’Toole, MD, MPH, who was recently appointed Under Secretary for Science & Technology in the Department of Homeland Security.

Dr. Henderson is a Distinguished Scholar at the Center for Biosecurity of UPMC and a Professor of Public Health and Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. He is Dean Emeritus and Professor of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and a Founding Director (1998) of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies. From November 2001 through April 2003, he served as the Director of the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness and, later, as a Principal Science Advisor in the Office of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Henderson’s previous positions include Associate Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President (1990-93); Dean of the Faculty of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (1977-90); and Director of the World Health Organization’s global smallpox eradication campaign (1966-77).

Dr. Inglesby noted that Dr. Henderson is uniquely qualified to edit the Journal: “D. A. has had a singular record of accomplishment and contribution to public health and biosecurity. His work directing the successful global smallpox eradication campaign, his leadership at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, his founding of the Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense, and his senior government service in the years after 9/11 and the anthrax attacks have given him experience and knowledge that bear on so many of the challenges that we now confront in biosecurity. Not only does D. A. deeply understand these issues, but the man knows how to write. (Let me here shamelessly praise his phenomenal new book, Smallpox: The Death of a Disease.) D. A.’s wisdom will be especially valuable to the Journal and to this field.”

Dr. Henderson has been a member of the editorial board for Biosecurity and Bioterrorism since its founding. Additionally, he has authored more than 200 articles and scientific papers and 31 book chapters and is coauthor of the renowned Smallpox and Its Eradication, the authoritative history of the disease and its ultimate demise. In June 2009, Prometheus Books published his most recent book, Smallpox: Death of a Disease, a personal account of the challenges, obstacles, and disasters faced by an intrepid international program in achieving the global eradication of smallpox. 


Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science, a quarterly peer-reviewed journal, is published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. It provides an international forum for debate and exploration of the many key strategic, scientific, and operational issues posed by biological weapons and bioterrorism. It can be found online at

The Center for Biosecurity is an independent, nonprofit organization of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) whose mission is to strengthen national security by reducing the risks posed by biological attacks, epidemics, and other destabilizing events, and to improve the nation’s resilience in the face of such events.



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