John M. Barry, a prize-winning New York Times best-selling author, will give the keynote address at the Global Pandemic Policy Summit to be held at the Bush School.
The keynote address, presented by the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) and the School of Public Health at Texas A&M, is set for 5:30 p.m. on September 16 at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center, with a reception immediately following. Barry’s presentation is free and open to the public.
In 2004, Barry’s book, The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History, about the 1918 flu pandemic, was named the outstanding book on science or medicine by the National Academies of Science. He was the only non-scientist to serve on the government’s Infectious Disease Board of Experts and has advised both the Bush and Obama administrations on influenza preparedness and response.
“This conference addresses one of the timeliest topics in which the Institute has ever been engaged,” said SIIA Director Andrew Natsios. “Given the recent Ebola epidemic, the issue of prevention, treatment, and response to pandemics has become an even more important public health issue,” he added.
Seating is limited, so registration is required.