Topic: infectious diseases

Predicting where disease will strike

Student Eleanor Murray wants to know: What if we could warn people about impending disease outbreaks, just like we can now predict the weather? January 24, 2013 (5:48) Please click the play icon above to play this podcast in your browser. Alternatively,…

The Ebola Disaster

[FORUM VIDEO] The current Ebola outbreak is the largest outbreak of the hemorrhagic disease in history, according to the CDC. How did we get here and what's to be done to help the affected countries…

Ebola’s disastrous effects could ramp up significantly

West African nations like Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia could suffer exponentially more disastrous effects from the Ebola virus if the international response to the epidemic isn’t improved, according to a panel of experts speaking Sept. 23, 2014 at Harvard University’s Barker…

A critical voice on biosafety

Marc Lipsitch, professor of epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health and director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, has become a leading critic of experiments creating dangerous flu strains that are transmissible between mammals. Earlier this year, he co-authored an…

Premature deaths could be reduced by 40%

The number of premature deaths worldwide could be reduced by 40% by 2030 with political commitment and sustained international efforts, according to a new study in The Lancet. The study suggests that half of all deaths under age 50 and a third…

Q & A: When lab research threatens humanity

[ Fall 2014 ] Is bench research that creates a lethal, contagious bird flu virus worth the risk that the virus could escape the lab? Not according to Marc Lipsitch, professor of epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health. With Alison P.…

Bird Flu Research

[FORUM VIDEO] This Forum event examined questions raised by the publication of possibly dangerous information on bird flu transmission and explored security issues faced by labs legitimately working w

Combating Ebola by gaining trust

Mosoka Fallah, MPH ’12, who grew up in Monrovia, Liberia, has returned to the capital city to help contain the spreading Ebola epidemic. An epidemiologist and immunologist, Fallah has been systematically leading teams of volunteers through the city’s slums to identify victims,…

Ebola containment requires international collaboration

Pardis Sabeti, associate professor in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Harvard School of Public Health and senior associate member of the Broad Institute, supervised a recent study that traced the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone to 14 women who attended…

Ebola epidemic could lead to broader humanitarian crisis

The rush to halt the spread of Ebola in West Africa is not only about saving lives, it’s also about keeping the epidemic from growing into a broader humanitarian crisis, according to a Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) panel that included two Harvard…