Institute of Medicine President
Speaks on Bioterrorism, 'Lessons from the Swine Flu Program'
ATLANTA -- Harvey V. Fineberg, MD, PhD, President of the Institute of
Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, will speak on "Lessons from
the Swine Flu Program in an Age of Bio-terrorism" at 4 p.m. Monday,
March 10, in the auditorium of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Administration
Building, 1440 Clifton Road, Emory University campus.
The talk is part of the Woodruff
Health Sciences Center's Future Makers lecture series, sponsored by
Dr. Michael M. E. Johns, Emory's Executive Vice President for Health
Affairs and Director of The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center.
Dr. Fineberg is the co-author
of the book "The Epidemic That Never Was: Policy Making and the Swine
Flu Scare," an analysis of the controversial federal immunization program
against swine flu in 1976.
Before taking office as President
of the Institute of Medicine, Dr. Fineberg was Provost of Harvard University
for four years and, before that, was Dean of the Harvard School of Public
Health for 13 years. His interests include HIV/AIDS and other infectious
diseases, the evaluation of diagnostic tests and vaccines, the ethical
and social implications of new medical technologies, risk assessment
and decision-making, medical education, and many more.
The Institute of Medicine
has a Congressional charge to advise the government on issues such as
vaccine safety, health care delivery and quality, nutrition standards,
cancer prevention and management, and military and veterans' health.
Their reports also are widely disseminated to the public and have a
tremendous impact on public opinion, as did the recent report on medical
errors. Over the past 25 years, Dr. Fineberg has chaired or co-chaired
the committees that wrote reports on: "Understanding Risk: Informing
Decisions in a Democratic Society," "No Time to Lose: Getting More from
HIV Prevention," "American's Vital Interest in Global Health," "Adverse
Effects of Pertussis and Rubella Vaccines," and "Society's Choices:
Social and Ethical Decision Making in Biomedicine."