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.
For September’s ‘Global Infectious Disease and Surveillance’ module, we asked the Futures Fellows to use social media to explain AMR to non-scientist family and friends. Ranging from hand-drawn comics to impassioned Facebook posts, the approaches were diverse but shared common themes like defining key terms for understanding AMR and simple steps for reducing the risk of infection.
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.
We’re excited to announce that Liz Meier recently joined the HSP team as a Health Security Policy Fellow. She is working toward a Ph.D. in the Biochemistry, Cellular, and Molecular Biology (BCMB) program at Johns Hopkins University where she studies a novel class of membrane proteins important during bacterial cell division.
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).
Overshadowed amidst vast media coverage of Zika, Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been grappling with their own mosquito-borne disease outbreak: yellow fever. For much of the United States, yellow fever is not on the radar, thought of mainly as a disease faced by our ancestors as it has been considered eradicated for over a century.
In collaboration with the University of the Punjab, HSP co-hosted a workshop on dual-use research of concern (DURC) where 40 PhD students engaged in DURC case study and risk assessment discussions and conceptualized how DURC concepts relate to their own research projects. This event is part of a larger HSP-supported initiative seeking to assess graduate students’ attitudes and awareness of DURC.
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.