Global Conference 2006

Speaker's Biography

Michael Osterholm

Director, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, Professor, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota; Associate Director, Department of Homeland Security's National Center for Food Protection and Defense


Michael Osterholm is Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, where he is also a Professor in the School of Public Health. In addition, he is Associate Director of the Department of Homeland Security's National Center for Food Protection and Defense. A leader on U.S. preparedness for an influenza pandemic, Osterholm has published papers in Foreign Affairs, The New England Journal of Medicine and Nature, detailing the threat of a pandemic and the necessary preparation. From 2001 through early 2005, he served as special advisor to Tommy Thompson, then-Secretary of Health and Human Services, on issues related to bioterrorism and public health preparedness. The author of more than 300 papers and abstracts, including 20 book chapters, Osterholm serves on the editorial boards of five journals and is a reviewer for 24 additional journals. He is the author of Living Terrors: What America Needs to Know to Survive the Coming Bioterrorist Catastrophe. He is past president of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists and has served on the board of scientific counselors of the CDC's National Center for Infectious Diseases.


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