As Zika is raging in Latin America and the Caribbean, it has now reached the shores of the Continental United States. Is the US prepared for major Zika outbreaks? Will Congress fully fund Zika preparedness? What is the likelihood of breakthroughs in vaccines and treatments? A distinguished panel will discuss the emergence of Zika and its profound impact national and globally, including pregnant women and their babies. Among the issues to be addresses: NIH research on vaccines and treatments, funding and action for Zika prevention and control, and the World Health Organization’s declaration of Zika as an Public Health Emergency of International Concern. All of this in light of a potential amplifying effect the Rio Olympics could have and ongoing local transmission in the United States.
Lawrence Gostin, University Professor and Faculty Director, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law
Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Global Health Leaders: Response, Commentary and Conversation
Dr. Stephen Morrison, Director, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Dr. Daniel Lucey, Senior Scholar, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law
2016 O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law Colloquium
The Colloquium engages leading experts, Georgetown students and faculty, and the public in an enriching dialogue surrounding current and pressing issues in national and global health law, policy, and governance. Colloquia intentionally blur the lines between students, faculty and policymakers, as a wide variety of perspectives enhances the learning experience. The inclusion of multiple academic disciplines also promises to deepen the quality of the learning experience.
The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University is the premier center for health law, scholarship, and policy. Its mission is to contribute to a more powerful and deeper understanding of the multiple ways in which law can be used to improve the public’s health, using objective evidence as a measure. The O’Neill Institute seeks to advance scholarship, science, research, and teaching that will encourage key decision-makers in the public, private, and civil society to employ the law as a positive tool for enabling more people in the United States and throughout the world to lead healthier lives.
The O’Neill Institute Colloquium is open to all students, faculty, staff, and interested members of the public.