HSP welcomes Lauren Williams to the team as Program Operations Manager, where she will help oversee operational and administrative functions as well as execute a range of activities in the grant programs portfolio. She comes to us with nearly ten years of experience managing public health and national security projects and programs for the public, private, and academic sectors.
HSP is excited to introduce the 2017 Pakistan cohort of Futures Health Security Fellows. This cohort of early-career scientists brings a wide range of experiences from across Pakistan in microbiology, immunology, nutrition, veterinary medicine, genetics, biotechnology, and infectious diseases.
Over the last month, the HSP team has been growing. We’re thrilled to introduce Jay Miller and Olivia Bundschuh who both bring a diversity of experience to our team.
We’re excited to announce that Aimee Tandoi has joined the HSP team as a Program Coordinator to support our work around the world. She recently graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.S. in Community Health, a minor in Neuroscience, and a passion for global health.
We’re thrilled to announce new 2016 Health Security Futures Fellows who represent the future of health security in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Egypt. Ranging from life sciences undergraduates to medical residents, this diverse cohort will kick off their yearlong Fellowship at the Fellowship Training Institute, which will be held in conjunction with the 6th International Meeting on Emerging Diseases and Surveillance, in Vienna, Austria this week.
To emphasize the power of preparedness, during the month of September, the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response at the CDC adopted a targeted approach to their outreach, focusing on a different area of preparation each week. We applied their preparedness themes to the rising threat of AMR in effort to broaden what it means to be prepared.
As a Health Security Policy Fellow, I recently had the opportunity to be on the frontlines of science diplomacy. The goal? To make the world a safer place; specifically, by collaborating with scientists and policymakers in the Philippines to draft their Biological Materials of Concern (BMC) list.
The growing prevalence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a health security issue of global concern. Resistant strains of infectious pathogens spread across national borders quickly and easily, and antibiotic resistance is outpacing the discovery of new drugs. To combat the rising AMR crisis in a sustainable manner, HSP is supporting efforts in Pakistan to improve local laboratory capacity for antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST).
It should come as no surprise that the concept of ‘global health security’, or GHS, means many different things to many different people. In fact, an April post here on HSP’s blog looked at just a few of the various and wide-ranging responses given when a group of young scholars is asked what exactly ‘health security’ means.