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Pandemics in Retrospective

Now that we have experienced several months of the H1N1 pandemic, what have we learned about how it was handled? Watch Dr. Nicole Lurie (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) and Dr. Kathryn Edwards (Vanderbilt University), discuss the public health responses to H1N1. Participants compare the medical community's response to the H1N1 outbreak to those of past influenza pandemics and how the media influenced public perceptions. Hosted by Dr. Patrick Kelley, Director of the Board Global Health at the Institute of Medicine.

About the host:

Dr. Patrick Kelley joined the Institute of Medicine of the US National Academies in July 2003 as the director of the Board on Global Health. He has subsequently also been appointed the director of the Board on African Science Academy Development. Prior to coming to the National Academies he served in the US Army for more than 23 years as a physician, residency director, epidemiologist, and program manager. Kelley obtained his M.D. from the University of Virginia and his Dr.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.

The Panel:

Dr. Nicole Lurie is Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to that, she was Senior Natural Scientist and the Paul O'Neill Alcoa Professor of Health Policy at the RAND Corporation. There she directed RAND's public health and preparedness work as well as RAND's Center for Population Health and Health Disparities. She has previously served in federal government as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Health at HHS; in state government as Medical Advisor to the Commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Health; and in academia as Professor in the University of Minnesota Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Lurie has a long history in the health services research field, primarily in the areas of access to and quality of care, managed care, mental health, prevention, public health infrastructure and preparedness, and health disparities.

Dr. Kathryn Edwards, Professor of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University, focuses on the evaluation of vaccines for the prevention of infectious diseases in adults and children. She has conducted large efficacy trials of influenza vaccine and has coordinated multicenter trials of H. influenza, type b, B. pertussis, Streptococcus pneumoniae and vaccina vaccines. She is currently studying dose sparing strategies for influenza vaccine and avian Influenza vaccines. She also conducts active population based surveillance to monitor the impact of new vaccines on disease burden.

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