Pandemic Risk: A Threat to Global Health Security Symposium, Monday, November 6th, 2017

Almost one hundred years ago, the 1918 Influenza pandemic killed between 50 and 100 million people worldwide. In 2017, is the world better prepared to prevent and respond to an infectious disease pandemic? How can governments better coordinate with academia, private industry, and international organizations to mitigate pandemic risk?

We will explore these questions, from both an academic and policy perspective, in order to further our understanding of how to enhance international efforts to prevent, detect and respond to infectious disease pandemics.


This symposium is brought to you in partnership with Perry World House and the following co-sponsors:

The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
The Center for Global Health, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
The School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania
The University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine 

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Symposium Agenda
8:30 – 9:00AM    Registration and Breakfast

9:00 – 9:10AM, Welcome and Opening Remarks

Bill Burke-White, Inaugural Director of Perry World House: Richard Perry Professor and Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania

Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, Perry World House - Brookings Institution Visiting Fellow

9:10 – 10:25AM, Panel I: The importance of a multidisciplinary approach to Global Health Security

This panel will focus on the role of a multidisciplinary approach in combating infectious disease. The panelists will share best practices of collaboration.

Moderator: Stephen Sammut, Senior Fellow, Health Care Management, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania

Joan Gluch, Associate Dean for Academic Policies, Penn Dental Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Harvey Rubin, Professor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

Katie Gottschalk, Deputy Director, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Alan M. Kelly, former Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

(10 Minute Break)

10:35 – 11:45AM, Panel II: Why Bridging the Gap Between Academia and Policy Makers Matters

This panel will examine the gap between academic research and policy-making in the area of infectious disease and global health security. The panel will focus on why there are gaps, ways in which stakeholders are attempting to close these gaps, as well as the consequences of failure to do so.

Moderator: James Goldgeier, Visiting Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

Dan Lucey, Senior Scholar with the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Deborah Becker, Practice Professor of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Kavita Berger, Scientist, Gryphon Scientific

Jennifer Prah Ruger, Amartya Sen Professor of Health Equity, Economics, and Policy

Associate Dean for Global Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Samuel Okpaku, Executive Director, Center for Health, Culture, and Society in Nashville, Tennessee

11:45 – 12:15PM, Lunch

12:15 – 1:15PM, Panel III: How the University of Pennsylvania Utilizes the One Health approach to advance global health security

The concept of "One Health" grew out of the recognition that many infectious diseases are linked to contact between humans and animals. This panel will discuss the concept of One Health and how it is applied, particularly by academics.

Moderator: Patrick Osewe, Lead Health Specialist for the Southern Africa Region, World Bank

Yvonne Paterson, Professor of Microbiology, Perelman School of Medicine, Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania

Laurel E. Redding, Lecturer, School of Verterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Patrick J. Brennan, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President, University of Pennsylvania Health System

(15 Minute Break)

1:30 – 2:45PM, Panel IV: How Government and Civil Society work together to combat threats to Global Health Security


Leadership from the highest levels of government is necessary to help ensure the success of any large-scale national initiative. This panel will highlight the work of important U.S. government departments in combating infectious disease health security and the collaborations among different sectors in and outside of government.

Moderator: Nicolette Louissaint, Executive Director, Healthcare Ready

Hal Muller, President of Henry Schein Special Markets

Edward You, Supervisory Special Agent, Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, Biological Countermeasures Unit, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Ashley Arabasadi, Policy Advisor for No More Epidemics Health Campaign, Management Sciences for Health

Stefanie B. Bumpus, Global Health Security Coordinator, Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

2:45 – 3:00PM, Concluding Remarks

Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, Perry World House - Brookings Institution Visiting Fellow

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