Home > About the Center for Biosecurity > Press Room

In the News Archive: 2009


Dec | Nov | Oct | Sept | Aug | Jul | June | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan

Links appear for content that is available online indefinitely.

December 2009

Evaluation shows significant improvement in local hospitals’ disaster preparedness. Family Protection Daily. (12-29-2009): Article refers to Hospitals Rising to the Challenge (HPP Report).

Panic’ sells, but news organizations barely get off the ground with recent headlines, by Joshua Wilwohl. The Klaxon. (12-27-2009): A 2005 study about how people typically respond during disasters, authored by Dr. Monica Schoch-Spana, is quoted extensively.

Immunity challenge: Let Americans have the smallpox and anthrax vaccines, by Deroy Murdock. National Review Online. (12-03-2009): Dr. Gigi Kwik Gronvall discussed immunizing healthcare workers against bioterrorism agents: “People who are immune could help respond, since they would not need to worry about getting infected. That is part of the reason why priority groups include health-care workers. They would be in contact with the infected, and their services would be needed.”

Immunity challenge: Let Americans have the smallpox and anthrax vaccines, by Deroy Murdock. National Review Online. (12-03-2009): The Center's 2001 Dark Winter exercise is mentioned in the article.

November 2009

Medical advice is the last thing we want to be unsure about. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. (11-29-2009): Dr. Eric Toner weighs in on whether people should receive 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine, "I think the message should be that this virus is not going away. Unless you know with certainty you already had the H1N1 strain of illness, you should get the vaccine."

So far, H1N1 flu hasn't given a big boost to hospitals' bottom lines, by James T. Mulder. The Post-Standard. (Syracuse, NY). (11-29-2009): Dr. Richard Waldhorn comments about the financial effects of an influenza pandemic on U.S. hospitals, “If the strain on the system requires the use of part-time staff and temporary nurses, that hurts the bottom line and the increase in volume can cost them money.”

Book review: Smallpox — the death of a disease: the inside story of eradicating a worldwide killer, by D.A. Henderson, review by Nathan Seppa. Science. (11-21-2009): Review of Dr. D.A. Henderson's book, Smallpox—The Death of a Disease.

Book recounts challenges of eradicating smallpox. Talk of the Nation: Science Friday, hosted by Ira Flatow. National Public Radio (NPR). (11-20-2009): Dr. D.A. Henderson is interviewed about his book, Smallpox—The Death of a Disease.

Philanthropy: the giving chain, by Heidi Brown and Joan Indiana Rigdon. Forbes. (11-16-2009): Dr. Helene D. Gayle, president and CEO of CARE, recalls that a commencement address delivered years ago by Dr. Henderson was the “aha moment” that eventually led her to pursue a career in public health.

Newsmaker: Dr. Thomas V. Inglesby, by Adam Brandolph. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. (11-12-2009): The article announces Dr. Tom Inglesby as the Center for Biosecurity’s new Director and CEO.

UPMC names director of biosecurity center. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. (11-11-2009) The article announces Dr. Tom Inglesby as the Center for Biosecurity’s new Director and CEO.

Flu causes aches and pains at White House; vaccine shortages are bad news for the administration. Will swine flu be Obama's Katrina?, by Will Englund. National Journal. (11-07-2009): Dr. Eric Toner assesses the Obama administration’s actions regarding the H1N1 vaccine program, "Here, the government has done everything it can do."

U.S. hospitals weathering flu pandemic so far, by Julie Steenhuysen. Thompson Reuters. (11-05-2009): Dr. Eric Toner pointed out the increased volume of H1N1 patients on hospitals, "So far, it has not been overwhelming. Just a stretch."

Vaccine video uses humor to ask a serious question, by Steve Sternberg. USA Today. (11-04-2009): Dr. Gigi Kwik Gronvall comments about shortages of H1N1 vaccine and the realities of flu vaccine technology: “We couldn't get a vaccine out for any other disease as quickly as flu."

Chasing smallpox: a global race. Weill Cornell News. (11-2009): The article features Dr. D.A. Henderson, highlighting the WHO’s global smallpox eradication program and book, Smallpox—The Death of a Disease.

October 2009

Bioshield financing pays off for some, by Peter Benesh. Investor's Business Daily. (10-30-2009): Dr. Brad Smith explains the purpose of Project BioShield’s impact.

Analysis-US government faces no-win fight with flu. Reuters. (10-28-2009):
Dr. D.A. Henderson comments about national planning for epidemic response, "If one anticipates a potential disaster and is successful in having enough done to head it off, there is criticism of the energy and money expended for something that didn't happen."

H1N1 flu 'pushing hospitals to their limit,' by Steve Sternberg. USA Today. (10-26-2009): Dr. Eric Toner weighs in on the impact that 2009 H1N1 influenza.

Obama declares flu emergency to ease restrictions for hospitals, officials prepare for a surge in H1N1 cases, by Michael D. Shear and Rob Stein. The Washington Post. (10-25-2009): Ms. Jennifer Nuzzo remarked on President Obama's recent declaration of emergency with regard to 2009 H1N1 influenza, "It's just a precautionary move, so if need be we can focus on the care of patients rather than focus on administrative hurdles. In disasters, you often don't have the time or luxury to keep the paperwork in order. You want hospitals focusing on patients." 

WMD Commission says U.S. has failed to address bioterror threats, by Martin Matishak. Global Security Newswire. (10-22-2009): This article cites a 2008 analysis on countermeasure development by the Center for Biosecurity .

Third floor: we've had this flu before, by Rick Hutzell. The Maryland Gazette. (10-21-2009): The Center for Biosecurity is mentioned in this article.

Swine flu threatens hospital business. Marketplace Report. National Public Radio.(10-21-2009): Dr. Eric Toner discusses the financial impact of 2009 H1N1 influenza on hospitals, "Hospitals stay profitable to the extent that they are profitable by high-profit services, such as elective surgeries. So if hospitals have to defer elective surgeries, that will definitely impact them adversely.."

Library corner: epidemics of past put swine flu to shame, by Chris Skaugset. The Daily News (Columbia, Washington). (10-11-2009): This article refers to Dr. D.A. Henderson's recently published book, Smallpox—The Death of a Disease.

Biological weapons convention must be fixed, experts say, by Martin Matishak. Global Security Newswire. (10-08-2009): Dr. Gigi Kwik Gronvall’s presentation at the October 6 WMD prevention conference is cited.

Biosecurity panel findings heading to Obama soon, officials say, by Martin Matishak. Global Security Newswire. (10-07-2009): The Center for Biosecurity is mentioned as the convener of the October 6 conference on WMD prevention.

October 5, 2009
Bioterrorism; FY 2010 federal biodefense spending. Pharma Business Week. (10-05-2009): This article refers to publication of the Center's annual "Billions for Biodefense" analysis.

September 2009

Study details proposed biodefense spending. Global Security Newswire. (09-28-2009): This article cites the 2009 “Billions for Biodefense” analysis conducted by the Center for Biosecurity .

Stretching the biodefense dollar, The Burrill Report. (Podcast), (09-25-2009): In an audio interview, Ms. Crystal Franco discusses federal biodefense spending in her article,"Billions for Biodefense." Listen to podcast

Disaster plans being revised for swine flu: strains on emergency system feared, by Rob Stein. Washington Post. (09-13-2009): Dr. Eric Toner is interviewed about the potential effects of H1N1 on hospitals, "There will be millions and millions of people seeking care in a relatively short period of time. . . Only a small percentage of those people will require hospitalization and a small percentage will require intensive care. But it's still an awful lot of people."

ER physicians fear possible fall flood of flu, by Maryn McKenna. CIDRAP News. (09-09-2009): This article cites a 2006 analysis conducted by the Center for Biosecurity .

New legislation would make U.S. leader on biosecurity, Lieberman says, by Martin Matishak. Global Security Newswire. (09-09-2009): Dr. Gigi Kwik Gronvall weighs in on security at biological research facilities and the need to pare down the select agent list: "While every select agent is dangerous, they are not all equal and it's becoming conventional wisdom that either a stratification or a reduction of the select agent list is needed so that resources can be concentrated on where they need to be."

August 2009

Synthetic biology's promise; scientists aim to cook up new medicines, fuel, even life, but fears of abuse simmer, by Dan Vergano. USA Today. (08-31-2009): With regard to advances in synthetic biology, Dr. Brad Smith notes, "Certainly, synthetic biology raises some real concerns about bioterrorism." 

Bioterrorism; study results from University of Pittsburgh broaden understanding of bioterrorism. Hospital Business Week. (08-30-2009): Article refers to a study conducted by the Center for Biosecurity: "Healthcare coalitions: the new foundation for national healthcare preparedness and response for catastrophic health emergencies."

Legislation to implement recommendations of WMD Commission forthcoming, by Mickey McCarter. Homeland Security Today. (08-26-2009): The article refers to a conference to be convened October 6 by the Center for Biosecurity on preventing biothreats. Center Director Dr. Tara O’Toole is also mentioned.

Volunteers take a shot at swine flu; in Baltimore and elsewhere, clinical trial examines vaccine's potency, side effects, by Rachel Saslow. Washington Post. (08-25-2009): Richard Messick, Center for Biosecurity staff member and vaccine clinical trial subject, notes "I honestly can't think what makes me a guinea pig."

Lessons from the flu of '57; pandemic spread quickly among young people, by David Brown. Washington Post. (08-25-2009): Dr. D.A. Henderson recalls the public health response to the 1957 flu pandemic, and a decision to not to cancel a boyscout jamboree being held in Valley Forge, "We decided the amount of contact would be limited."

In a flu pandemic, what can the government do to you? by Patrik Jonsson. Christian Science Monitor. (08-25-2009): Jennifer Nuzzo weighs in on the efforts of the Obama administration's response to pandemic flu, “this administration has been pretty measured about wanting to balance the need to control a health threat with not wanting to interrupt society… "

Drastic measure? Officials consider early roll-out of swine flu vaccine: influenza experts disagree over need to move quickly on vaccine given dire predictions, by Dan Childs. ABC News Medical Unit. (08-25-2009): Dr. D.A. Henderson weighs in on the government’s plan to “fill and finish” batches of H1N1 vaccine in 15 microgram doses: "I think this is a good idea if it can be done . . . The only problem is that the individual may receive a less potent vaccine that will be less effective. Is it better to have this than no vaccine at all? I think so."

Officials brace for an H1N1 resurgence, Daily Kos. (08-23-2009): Dr. Eric Toner and the Center for Biosecurity are referenced in this article.

Pandemics; 1957-58 flu pandemic can provide clues to planning for H1N1. Medical Letter on the CDC & FDA. (08-23-2009): Dr. D.A. Henderson discusses H1N1 response: "There is need for an understanding in national policy circles of the options for dealing with a pandemic, and time is short if states and local communities are going to be prepared."

Leading the fight against smallpox, by John Carmody. Nature. (08-20-2009): The article reviews Dr. D.A. Henderson's recently published book, "Smallpox: The Death of a Disease."

We can't be sure if this is a pandemic, or just the flu, by Helen Branswell. The Canadian Press. (08-18-2009): Dr. D.A. Henderson commented about the swine flu pandemic, "I think that what we've seen in '57 and what we see now are very similar.''

"Smallpox -- the death of a disease." AmNews. (08-17-2009): The article provides an excerpt from Dr. D.A. Henderson's recently published book, "Smallpox: The Death of a Disease."

7 Diseases we'd forgotten about -- until they returned: bubonic plague, leprosy, TB still around, by Joseph Brownstein. ABC News Medical Unit. (08-14-2009): Dr. D.A. Henderson notes that, unlike smallpox, eradication of many of these diseases is not likely: "Why not the others? . . . Some because there is an animal reservoir, like plague, or long-term carriers of the disease who can excrete the organism--tuberculosis and leprosy--or diseases for which the vaccine is inadequate to accomplish what we would like to achieve--diptheria and, to some dregree, polio. It is not a simple subject to address."

Misunderstanding of 1918 may lead to faulty assumptions for swine flu: experts, by Helen Branswell. The Canadian Press. (08-13-2009): Dr. D.A. Henderson is quoted about a study the Center conducted of the 1957 pandemic: "I think that what we've seen in '57 and what we see now are very similar."

Preparing for swine flu's return; new wave expected after virus flourished in southern hemisphere, by Rob Stein. The Washington Post. (08-10-2009): Dr. Eric Toner weighs in on the second wave of the 2009 flu virus, anticipated for the fall: "There's only so much that can be done to get ready...All you can do is try to be prepared to deal with the consequences."

Inside the fight against a flu pandemic, by Michael Scherer. TIME Magazine. (08-06-2009): The Center for Biosecurity report entitled "Public health and medical responses to the 1957-58 influenza pandemic," is referenced in the article.

Some measures won't help prevent flu pandemic: report, by Maggie Fox. Reuters. (08-05-2009): Ms. Brooke Courtney discusses findings in the report entitled "Public health and medical responses to the 1957-58 influenza pandemic": "In 1957 it was decided pretty early on that efforts to quarantine or isolate people would not be effective."

Review finds parallels between 1957 and 2009 pandemics, by Lisa Schnirring. CIDRAP News. (08-05-2009): The Center for Biosecurity report entitled "Public health and medical responses to the 1957-58 influenza pandemic," is referenced in the article.

Obama team mulls new quarantine regs, by Josh Gerstein. Politico. (08-05-2009): Ms. Jennifer Nuzzo discusses the Obama administration's decision to reject calls to close the U.S.-Mexico border during the spring H1N1 outbreak: “The current administration quite rightfully resisted those calls."

E.R.’s may be the first victims, by Eric Toner. New York Times. (08-02-2009): Dr. Eric Toner's OpEd article offers his views on the state of hospital preparedness and recommendations for dealing with influenza in the fall: "Most important, hospitals should cooperate with one another, and with public health agencies, to distribute patient loads, stockpile supplies and share limited resources."

Pandemic paralysis: H1N1 influenza underscores barriers to timely research. Emergency Medicine Reports. (08-01-2009): Dr. Gigi Kwik Gronvall comments about the IRB process and its impact on social science research "Researchers need to be able to conduct interviews of patients and caregivers to evaluation the response, to be able to ask people about control strategies that have worked for them . . . So you can actually engage in research, bring your expertise to bear and maybe show that research to people who can make decisions based on it so that it has a chance of being relevant."

Health care workers infected with H1N1: One health care worker reported transmission despite mask. Case Management Advisor. (08-01-2009): Dr. Eric Toner remarked about healthcare worker safety issues during the spring 2009 H1N1 outbreak: "We heard of some hospitals that had a run on their N95 [respirators]. Clinical units were hoarding them to make sure they had enough."

July 2009

Thinking like a virus: Epidemic or infodemic? BOMA Magazine. (July/August 2009):  Ms. Jennifer Nuzzo is quoted extensively in this article. 

Ele diz que não se deve temer nova gripe e defende restrição do tamiflu, by Reinaldo José Lopes. O portal de notícias da globo. (07-26-2009): Vacina polivalente para gripe pode chegar em dois anos, afirma epidemiologista americano Donald Henderson liderou erradicação da varíola no mundo.

Move over swine flu, ebola’s back, porcine discovery rouses moribund plum island, by Jennifer Landes. East Hampton Star. (07-16-2009): Dr. Tara O'Toole is mentioned this this article.

Flu furore hits Argentina: refusal to declare national emergency restricts pandemic measures, by Anna Petherick. Nature News. (07-14-2009): Dr. Eric Toner is mentioned in this article.

June 2009

Henderson led WHO's effort to rid the world of smallpox, by Steve Sternberg. USA Today. (06-29-2009): Dr. D.A. Henderson is interviewed about his career and his newly released book entitled, "Smallpox — The Death of a Disease: The Inside Story of Eradicating a Worldwide Killer. Dr. Henderson commented, "Anyone can understand that, if you've been to Africa and Asia and you know how vast the areas are and how limited the public health services were."

New Book: 'Smallpox -- The Death Of A Disease.' Medical News Today. (06-22-2009): Review of Dr. D.A. Henderson's newly published book.

DHS Nominee: Science for security, by Max Cacas. WFED, Federal News Radio. (06-19-2009): Coverage of the Senate Homeland Security Committee's nomination hearing for Tara O'Toole, President Obama's choice for Undersecretary for Science and Technology at the Department of Homeland Security.

Experts see bad, but not disastrous, flu season, by Val Brickates Kennedy. Wall Street Journal. (06-19-2009): Jennifer Nuzzo comments about the spring 2009 H1N1 outbreak: "The H1N1 virus could have a profound impact. . . But we're not talking Hollywood pandemonium here."

Interview with Eric Toner, by Jim Unland. Journal of Health Business and Policy. (06-19-2009): Eric Toner, MD: Journal of Health Business and Policy, June 19, 2009.

Thousands of uncounted disease samples found at army biodefense lab, by Martin Matishak. Global Security Newswire. (06-18-2009): Dr. Gigi Kwik Gronvall weighs in on the discovery of more than 9,000 undocumented samples during a lab inventory at USAMRIID: “It’s not a security risk, but an organizational problem.”

‘Smallpox -- The Death of a Disease,’ A Q&A With Dr. D.A. Henderson. Los Angeles Times. (06-17-2009): Dr. DA Henderson discusses the WHO’s global smallpox eradication program and his newly published book.

New report finds 10 early lessons learned from the H1N1 outbreak. Health Informer Daily Health News. (06-15-2009): The article refers to a report released by the Center for Biosecurity, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Trust for America’s Health entitled, "Pandemic Flu: Lessons from the Frontlines." Dr. Tom Inglesby is quoted: “It’s critical to understand what worked as planned in the H1N1 response, as well as to look at what needs to be strengthened, fixed, or better funded. This report is a contribution to that effort,”

10 lessons learned from swine flu. Mississippi Hospital Association's Office of Emergency Preparedness. (06-15-2009): The article refers to a report released by the Center for Biosecurity, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Trust for America’s Health entitled, "Pandemic Flu: Lessons from the Frontlines."

System built for bioterror used to monitor flu. Associated Press. (06-12-2009): Dr. Eric Toner commented about syndromic surveillance during the spring 2009 H1N1 outbreak in New York:  "In the first few weeks, when we weren't sure what this was, it was reassuring to see that there weren't large numbers of patients going to emergency rooms." 

O’Toole questioned on bioterror exercises, by Wes Mayle. Homeland Security Today. (06-11-2009): During her nomination hearing before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, Dr. Tara O'Toole responded to questions regarding the scientific assumptions used during the Dark Winter and Atlantic Storm exercises, and noted that the assumptions " were based on empirical data derived from the secondary infections that happened in the 1960s in Europe, just before the disease was eradicated."

Capitol Briefing: Today on the Hill. Washington Post. (06-10-2009): Article announces the hearing convened by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on the nomination of Center Director Dr. Tara O'Toole to be undersecretary for science and technology at the Department of Homeland Security Department.

Avian influenza aided readiness for swine flu, by Erika Check Hayden. Nature News. (06-10-2009):  Dr. Eric Toner commented on the global planning for avian flu and how it has had an impact on the readiness for H1N1: "Many nations built their plans around the idea that a pandemic strain would evolve in southeast Asia, that we would recognize it early, and that we would be able to contain it. None of that turned out to be true." 

DHS Science & Technology nominee presents case, and takes some licks, by Daniel Fowler. CQ Homeland Security. (06-10-2009): In an article reporting on the Senate hearing on the nomination of Dr. Tara O'Toole for DHS undersecretary  for science and technology, Dr. O’Toole is quoted: "I make no apologies for my advocacy of the need for a stronger biodefense, I do not agree that we have done too much in biodefense. As you know, I think there is much left to be done."

H1N1 outbreak shows flaws in pandemic preparedness, says report. American Association of Family Physicians. (06-10-2009): The article refers to a report released by the Center for Biosecurity, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Trust for America’s Health entitled, "Pandemic Flu: Lessons from the Frontlines."

10 early lessons learned from the outbreak of novel H1N1 flu. Integrative Center for Homeland Security, Texas A&M. (06-09-2009): The article refers to a report released by the Center for Biosecurity, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Trust for America’s Health entitled, "Pandemic Flu: Lessons from the Frontlines."

Health system gets mixed grades on flu response: study examines lessons learned from initial outbreak of H1N1, by Phil Leggiere. Homeland Security Today. (06-09-2009): The article refers to a report released by the Center for Biosecurity, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Trust for America’s Health entitled, "Pandemic Flu: Lessons from the Frontlines."

Pitt professor organized health organization's effort to rid world of smallpox, by Mike Cronin. Pittsburgh Tribune Review. (06-07-2009): Dr. D.A. Henderson is interviewed about his career and his newly released book  entitled, "Smallpox — The Death of a Disease: The Inside Story of Eradicating a Worldwide Killer." Dr. Henderson noted, "We took on every challenge you can imagine -- civil war, famine, refugees -- and somehow we were able to get through it." The article also cited the Center for Biosecurity as the source for estimates on federal government spending for civilian biodefense.

Health officials evaluate response to swine flu, by Lora Hines. The Press-Enterprise (Southern California). (06-07-2009): The article refers to a report released by the Center for Biosecurity, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Trust for America’s Health entitled, "Pandemic Flu: Lessons from the Frontlines."

Officials still tracking H1N1. WLS (ABC News affiliate, Chicago, IL). (06-05-2009): The article refers to a report released by the Center for Biosecurity, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Trust for America’s Health entitled, "Pandemic Flu: Lessons from the Frontlines."

As jobs cut, will swine flu, traditional flu swamp vaccination efforts?, by Lee Bowman. Scripps Howard News Service. (06-05-2009): The article refers to a report released by the Center for Biosecurity, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Trust for America’s Health entitled, "Pandemic Flu: Lessons from the Frontlines." Dr. Tom Inglesby is mentioned in the article.

Report examines nation’s pandemic flu response: a new report examines both the successes and shortcomings of the nation’s response to the H1N1 flu outbreak. New Jersey Hospital Association. (06-05-2009): The article refers to a report released by the Center for Biosecurity, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Trust for America’s Health entitled, "Pandemic Flu: Lessons from the Frontlines."

Experts: vaccinate kids against H1N1 first, by Mark Roth. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. (06-05-2009): The article refers to a report released by the Center for Biosecurity, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Trust for America’s Health entitled, "Pandemic Flu: Lessons from the Frontlines." Dr. Tom Inglesby is quoted about prioritizing the allocation of flu vaccine: “In my view, the three groups that are in that high priority zone for getter early vaccinations would include people who work in the health care system, people who have an underlying condition that will make it likely they’ll have a very serious illness with flu, and kids.”

Obama seeks more funds for novel flu fight, by Robert Roos. CIDRAP News. (06-05-2009): The article refers to a report released by the Center for Biosecurity, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Trust for America’s Health entitled, "Pandemic Flu: Lessons from the Frontlines." Dr. Tom Inglesby is quoted about the administration’s proposal to amend the purpose of BioShield to include pandemic flu, which would divert funding from anthrax and smallpox countermeasure development to flu vaccine development: "This is an extraordinary event, and the funding provided years ago for the acquisition of contracts and development work for anthrax, for example, should not be diverted for this particular problem."

Swine flu ‘overwhelmed’ U.S. health-care system, report says, by Catherine Larkin. Bloomberg News. (06-04-2009): The article refers to a report released by the Center for Biosecurity, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Trust for America’s Health entitled, "Pandemic Flu: Lessons from the Frontlines."

Analysis of H1N1 flu response shows progress, problems, by Robert Roos. CIDRAP News. (06-04-2009): The article refers to a report released by the Center for Biosecurity, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Trust for America’s Health entitled, "Pandemic Flu: Lessons from the Frontlines." Dr. Tom Inglesby is quoted about investments in stockpiles of vaccine: “I think the investment is widely seen to have been wise”

June 4, 2009
Report gives U.S. good grades for swine flu response, by Amanda Gardner. Healthday News. (06-04-2009): The article refers to a report released by the Center for Biosecurity, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Trust for America’s Health entitled, "Pandemic Flu: Lessons from the Frontlines."

Lessons learned in swine flu outbreak. KSPR News (ABC affiliate, Springfield, MO). (06-04-2009): The article refers to a report released by the Center for Biosecurity, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Trust for America’s Health entitled, "Pandemic Flu: Lessons from the Frontlines."

New dollars and critique lobbed at swine flu response, by Jon Cohen. Science Insider. (06-04-2009): The article refers to a report released by the Center for Biosecurity, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Trust for America’s Health entitled, "Pandemic Flu: Lessons from the Frontlines."

Report: Novel H1N1 tested public health resources. Pediatric Supersite. (06-04-2009): The article refers to a report released by the Center for Biosecurity, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Trust for America’s Health entitled, "Pandemic Flu: Lessons from the Frontlines."

Report: next flu could strain health care system, by Madison Park. CNN. (06-04-2009): This article references a report released by the Center for Biosecurity, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Trust for America’s Health entitled, "Pandemic Flu: Lessons from the Frontlines."

UPMC researcher's book explores eradication of smallpox, by Victor Zapana and Martine Powers. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. (06-01-2009): Dr. D.A. Henderson is interviewed about his career and his newly released book entitled, "Smallpox — The Death of a Disease: The Inside Story of Eradicating a Worldwide Killer."

Pitt Professor to hold talk on smallpox book. Buzz Up! Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. (06-01-2009): The article announced Dr. DA Henderson's presentation and overview of his book, "Smallpox — The Death of a Disease: The Inside Story of Eradicating a Worldwide Killer,"  

Deadly myths about weapons of terror, by Sandra I. Erwin and Stew Magnuson. National Defense Magazine. (June 2009): Article refers to a Center for Biosecurity report, entitled “Hospitals Rising to the Challenge, which evaluates U.S. hospital preparedness.

Swine flu Q&A with UPMC biosecurity expert. Hospital Peer Review. (06-01-2009): Dr. Eric Toner discusses issues associated with the spring 2009 H1N1 outbreak.

H1N1 pandemic: IPs weather first wave, but warn against complacency as virus regroups. Hospital Infection Control.(06-01-2009): Dr. Eric Toner comments about spring 2009 H1N1 total case numbers: “We know that people from this country traveled to all different parts of Mexico and became infected. They did not have known contact with people that were sick, which says to me there must have been a considerable amount of community spread throughout Mexico. The denominator of the case fatality ratio must be very large. There are lots and lots of people that did not have serious infections."

CDC, Hospital IPs on different pandemic page: Hospitals treat H1N1 like seasonal flu. Hospital Infection Control. (06-01-2009): Dr. Eric Toner is interviewed extensively about H1N1 and issues that pertain specifically to the hospital setting.

May 2009

Flu vigilance still needed, by Thomas Inglesby. Baltimore Sun. (05-24-2009): Dr. Tom Inglesby’s letter to the editor chronicles the H1N1 outbreak and cautions the U.S. to brace for another wave of the disease in autumn: “  we can't be complacent; there is much to be done before the fall. Federal, state, and local agencies need to understand what worked, and they need to fix what didn’t.” 

Grabbing the swine flu, by Ruben Dagda. Pittsburgh Medical Technology Examiner. (05-21-2009): The Center for Biosecurity is mentioned in this article.

Focus turns to lessons learned from H1N1 scare: Physicians say their experience with the flu strain helped prepare them for the next outbreak, by Susan J. Landers. American Medical News. (05-18-2009): Dr. Tom Inglesby comments about the years of planning that helped the U.S. deal with the spring 2009 H1N1 outbreak, "No matter what we think of the response now, imagine what would have happened had we not had any planning."

Lawmaker threatens to force DHS to let employees wear masks, by Alex M. Parker. Government Executive Magazine. (05-24-2009): In an article that discusses disease containment measures for DHS workers, Dr. Eric Toner comments about the longevity of the H1N1 outbreak, "We're in the first two weeks of a yearlong outbreak." 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services HHS; Evaluation shows significant improvement in local hospitals disaster preparedness. Health and Medicine Week. (05-11-2009): Article refers to a Center for Biosecurity report that evaluates U.S. hospital preparedness.

CARE President and CEO Helene Gayle challenges Agnes Scott graduates. PR Newswire. (05-10-2009):  Dr. Helene D. Gayle, president and CEO of CARE, delivers the 2009 commencement address at Agnes Scott College and recalls that a commencement address delivered years ago by Dr. D.A. Henderson was the “aha moment” that eventually led her to pursue a career in public health.

UPMC's proposed vaccine factory gains momentum, by Kris B. Mamula. Pittsburgh Business Times. (05-08-2009): The Center for Biosecurity is mentioned in this article.

Viral threat emerged in a ready world: Network of preparedness plans in place before the news of swine flu broke, by Rob Stein. Washington Post. (05-08-2009): Dr. Tom Inglesby comments on how quickly disaster plans were put into action at the onset of the 2009 H1N1 influenza outbreak, "What we've seen is a combination of lessons that we've learned from these events and the alarming news we were getting out of Mexico,...All these things put together really set things off."

Education Notebook Section. Montgomery County (MD) Gazette Newspapers. (05-06-2009): Three middle school students received a first place nod for their Junior Group Documentary Project,"D.A. Henderson: Pioneer in Smallpox Eradication"

Disregard flu predictions, Potomac expert says; board helps Governor with policies on the illness, by Douglas Tallman. Montgomery County (MD) Gazette News. (05-06-2009): When asked if Maryland Governor Martin “O’Malley could have done anything better during the 2009 H1N1 outbreak, Dr. Tom Inglesby responded, "If so, I don't know what it is."

Tracking flu's spread pushes limits of labs, by Mike Lee. San Diego Union Tribune. (05-06-2009): Ms. Jennifer Nuzzo remarks about the demands that processing samples from the 2009 H1N1 outbreak placed on public health labs, "What you are seeing is that we have very limited capacity,"..."That suggests a potential choke point in our response."

Audio interview with Dr. Eric Toner, by Jim Unland. Journal of Healthcare Economics. (05-06-2009): Dr. Eric Toner is interviewed about the H1N1 outbreak, its implications and some lessons learned to date.

Were we truly prepared? Time will tell if flu preparedness was adequate, but more still needs to be done, by David May. Modern Healthcare Magazine. (05-04-2009): Article reports findings of the Center’s report on hospital preparedness entitled “Hospitals Rising to the Challenge.”

Is the industry prepared for a swine flu pandemic?, by John Sandman. Securities Industry News. (05-04-2009): Randy Larsen responded when asked how long a pandemic of 2009 H1N1 flu could last, "Think about a blizzard that hits New York."...People are snowed in and can't get around for a couple of days and can't get around. Now think of what it would be like to be snowed in for 18 months."

Expert puts flu in context; Doctor: it's too early to tell what virus will do, by Kelly B. Garrett. Butler (PA) Eagle. (05-02-2009): Dr. Amesh Adalja is featured and he discussed the 2009 H1N1 flu outbreak: " This is a novel strain that has made the leap to humans and that's why it is important to watch and study and see how it may affect humans."

As the first cases of swine flu are confirmed in Florida, the state's stockpile of antiviral drugs falls short of being able to combat a full scale epidemic, by Anna Scott. Sarasota Herald Tribune. (05-02-2009): Ms. Brooke Courtney comments about the cost of stockpiling antivirals and the decision of some states, such as Florida, to not stockpile drugs because of competing budget priorities: "The medicine, even with the subsidy the federal government was offering, is expensive and would have represented a significant budget item for local and state governments…""...I don't think any of them [states] can be or should be criticized for that decision."

Money, vaccines and lots of soap, by Alex Lash. The Deal. (05-01-2009): Dr. Gigi Kwik Gronvall comments about the federal investments needed in cell-based vaccine technology for developing flu vaccine more rapidly than the currently used egg-based technology allows, "They've pushed eggs as far as they can go."

WTOP News Radio, Washington, DC. (05-01-2009): Dr. Eric Toner was interviewed about the production of a vaccine for 2009 H1N1 influenza. 

Swine H1N1 influenza vaccine could reduce supply of seasonal flu vaccine, by Robert Lowes. MedScape. (05-01-2009): Dr. Gigi Kwik Gronvall comments about 2009 H1N1 influenza, “You don’t know what the swine flu will do” . . . “Biology is always full of surprises. The data changes from day to day, so you need to keep an eye on what’s going on and avoid both overreacting and underreacting. And you don’t want politics to influence these decisions.: "As of now, the federal government is on course to produce a H1N1 vaccine, but it could later nix the idea of mass production if the new virus fizzles out. Making the right decision will be tricky."

Bush team strategy now Obama's swine flu playbook, by Scott Wilson and Spencer S. Hsu. Washington Post. (05-01-2009): Dr. Eric Toner remarked on the decision to close public schools because of the 2009 H1N1 outbreak, "Who's going to take care of all the sick people if all the nurses and health-care workers are home taking care of their kids? And the evidence that school closures are effective is pretty thin."

CDC says flu responses will vary: There's no single blueprint for communities to follow, chief says, as cases rise, by David Brown and Rob Stein. Washington Post. (05-01-2009): Dr. Tom Inglesby weighs in on closing schools because of the 2009 H1N1 outbreak, "...week-long closures of individual schools where confirmed cases have occurred seems reasonable"..."What's not as obvious is if we close schools, does that reduce the risk of getting flu or not?"

Hospitals swamped amid flu fears: As anxious patients force emergency rooms to adapt to the crowds, officials fear the system would be overwhelmed if the outbreak became severe, by Noam N. Levey. Los Angeles Times. (05-01-2009): Dr. Richard Waldhorn acknowledges that hospitals across the United States are more prepared to deal with a surge in patients, "Very real progress has been made." He also noted that there are gaps remaining in preparedness that would challenge hospitals were the outbreak to worsen.

Doctor gauges severity of flu, by David Templeton. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  (05-01-2009): Dr. Amesh Adalja comments about the H1N1 virus, noting that “It is my personal opinion that this will become widespread throughout the world.” He also discussed cell-based vaccines, which are not yet approved by the FDA, "There's no doubt in my mind that the vaccine produced would be safe."

April 2009

April 30, 2009
Maryland swine flu advisory board in place, by Scott Wykoff. Associated Press. (04-30-2009): Dr. Tom Inglesby is mentioned as an appointee to the 6-member flu advisory board created by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley.

Disease and terror: The swine flu outbreak caught health officials completely by surprise - just as a bioterror attack would, by D.A. Henderson. Newsweek web exclusive.(04-30-2009): Dr. D.A. Henderson outlines in an OpEd the similarities between flu and bioterrorism response, the factors that characterize how threats unfold, and the challenges that emerging diseases present, and he proposes recommendations for improving response.

O'Malley names swine flu advisory board. WBAL, Channel 11 News (Baltimore NBC affiliate). (04-30-2009): Dr. Tom Inglesby is named as an appointee to a 6-member advisory board established to advise Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley on issues related to the 2009 H1N1 influenza outbreak.

Swine flu cases jump in U.S.; GOP senator switches to Dems; fears of full-blown pandemic. The Situation Room. CNN. (04-29-2009): Colonel Randy Larsen discusses some of the pitfalls of temperature screening airline passengers: “People who feel ill, have, you know, fever, chills, whatever, they take things like aspirin, Tylenol, and motrin, which would mask, temporarily, that temperature.”

Swine flu gives Napolitano second chance. The Hill. (04-29-2009): Dr. Eric Toner comments about DHS Secretary Janet Napalitano's response to the 2009 H1N1 outbreak: “She's been handed a remarkable mess,” . . . “I was really impressed that they [federal officials] are handling the nuances of this very well. They are explaining them in very straightforward, clear language that most people can understand.”

WTOP News Radio, Washington, DC. (04-29-2009): Ms. Jennifer Nuzzo provides an H1N1 outbreak update.

Swine flu scare hits close to home, by Allison Heinrichs and Matthew Santoni. Pittsburgh Tribune Review. (04-29-2009): Dr. Amesh Adalja offers advice on practicing good hygiene: "That means washing hands, covering their mouth when coughing or sneezing, staying home if you're sick," . . . "If you're suspicious that you've been around somebody with swine flu because of travel history, you sh ould be consulting with your doctor. And keep up-to-date on where cases are and what the CDC is recommending."

Flu impact; schools shutdown, reported by Ryan Owens. ABC World News with Charles Gibson. (04-29-2009): Dr. Tom Inglesby weighs in on school closures as a means to stop the spread of H1N1 influenza, "I think there's legitimate debate going on in the public health community about how effective closing schools will be in slowing down the spread of the swine flu epidemic."

Obama acts to ease flu fears; U.S. says it is prepared, by Robert Pear and Gardiner Harris. New York Times. (04-28-2009): Dr. Eric Toner discusses the federal response to the swine flu outbreak: “It can be very dangerous to overreact. And it can be very dangerous to underreact.” . . . “[Obama administration officials] have managed to get it just right.”

Is America prepared for a pandemic? Washington Post. (04-28-2009): Dr. Tom Inglesby weighs in on the state of U.S. pandemic preparedness: "We've come a good way on pandemic preparedness since the beginning of the decade: more educated doctors and nurses, hospitals and health agencies better prepared to deal with crises, new federal efforts to make vaccines and drugs. But in the long-term, to deal with serious pandemics or bioterrorist events will take sustained attention by our political leaders, as well as a consistent funding strategy -- not supplemental to supplemental.”

Swine flu outbreak highlights HHS vacancies, by Julie Rovner. National Public Radio, Morning Edition. (04-28-2009): Dr. Eric Toner discussed federal interagency coordination and communication on the 2009 H1N1 outbreak: "They explained very complicated issues in a very understandable way; they were calm; they were reassuring, but not overly so; they stressed the serious nature of the outbreak, but without scaring people. They were pitch-perfect; they got it just right."

WTOP News Radio, Washington, DC. (04-28-2009): Dr. D.A. Henderson was interviewed about U.S. preparedness for a full H1N1 pandemic.

Swine flu update: April 28: What every physician needs to know about swine flu today, by Amesh Adalja. Emergency Physician’s Monthly. (04-28-2009): Dr. Amesh Adalja’s report initially published by the Clinicians’ Biosecurity Network was adapted for this publication.

WebMD, MedScape Today. (04-27-2009):  Article references the Center for Biosecurity’s report, Hospitals Rising to the Challenge, and quotes . Dr. Eric Toner, "The U.S. healthcare system is not currently capable of effectively responding to a sudden surge in demand for medical care that would occur during catastrophic events, such as those described in the Department of Homeland Security...National Planning Scenarios."

Q&A: Understanding swine flu: Key facts on swine flu and what is being done to better understand and combat the virus. PBS, The Online News Hour. (04-27-2009):  Dr. Tom Inglesby is cited as a source in this article. "The CDC is moving towards creating a prototype vaccine."

Pandemic-preparedness money stripped from stimulus, by Fredreka Schouten. USA Today. (04-27-2009): Dr. Tom Inglesby is cited as a source in this article. "There was no sign that stripping the funds from the stimulus had significantly slowed the preparation of pandemic-flu vaccines."

Europe govts don’t plan to order new antiviral drugs yet, by Julia Mengewein. Dow Jones Newswires. (04-27-2009):  Dr. Tom Inglesby is cited as a source in this article.

WTOP News Radio, Washington, DC. (04-27-2009): Dr. Richard Waldhorn was interviewed about U.S. preparedness for a full H1N1 pandemic.

U.S. mobilizes as 20 cases confirmed, by Suzanne Sataline and Cam Simpson. Wall Street Journal. (04-27-2009): Dr. Tom Inglesby comments about the status of the Strategic National Stockpile for responding to the 2009 H1N1 flu outbreak: "It's a transformative improvement compared to the past."

U.S. hospitals better prepared for disaster: report, by Maggie Fox. Reuters. (04-23-2009): Article references the Center for Biosecurity’s report, Hospitals Rising to the Challenge, which concludes that while U.S. hospitals are more prepared to handle common disasters than prior to 2001, there is much work to be done on responding to large-scale disasters.

March 2009

Homeland Security: Inside and Out, hosted by Dave McIntyre and Randy Larsen. Federal News Radio. (03-17-2009): For their radio show, Homeland Security Inside and Out, co-hosts Col. Randy Larsen and Dave McIntyre interviewed Tara O’Toole, Tom Inglesby, D.A. Henderson, and senior staff of the Center for a series of discussions about U.S. biosecurity strategy and a host of related issues, as well as the Center’s current work in the field. Listen to entire program or to individual interviews.

Hamburg, Pick for FDA, Faces an Agency in Crisis, by Alicia Mundy. Wall Street Journal. (03-17-2009): Dr. Tara O'Toole provides some background on Dr. Margaret Hamburg, former New York City Health Commissioner and President Obama’s nominee for FDA Commissioner. Dr. O’Toole noted that while in New York, Hamburg was known as the "steel magnolia" who "kicked down the door if she wanted something done."

Incoming Chief to Tackle Woes of US Food and Drug Agency: Obama Nominates Margaret 'Peggy' Hamburg as FDA Chief, by Meredith Wadman. Nature. (03-16-2009): Dr. Thomas Inglesby comments about Dr. Margaret Hamburg’s qualifications for the position of FDA Commissioner. Inglesby commented that while serving as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation for the Department of Health and Human services, "She was definitely ahead of the curve" with regard to preparing the nation to deal with bioterrorism.

Science Groups Counter WMD Panel's Prescription for Stemming Biological Threats, by Elaine M. Grossman. Global Security Newswire. (03-13-2009): Dr. Gigi Kwik Gronvall comments about the recommendations in the World At Risk report to increase security in scientific laboratories:  "They got the overall gist of the threat right—that biological weapons are something we need to be concerned about and we need to be prepared for. …But to base all of our efforts to stop that from happening on locking up pathogens is … not going to work."

Winnowing Down the Bio Threats, by Adriel Bettelheim. CQ Today Online News. (03-12-2009): Dr. Gigi Kwik Gronvall discusses the select agent list and the clearance required for scientists who work with the pathogens on the list: “The [select agent] list is getting bigger … It doesn’t matter whether you work with one experiment, one agent or several. The security clearance is the same.”

Survey Gauges Dual-Use Attitudes, by Kirsten Dorans. Nature Medicine. (March 2009): Dr. Gigi Kwik Gronvall comments on the results of a National Research Council survey of scientists about dual-use research, and the revelation that about 15% of respondents noted that they had abandoned collaborations with scientific colleagues overseas: "In the larger sense of security, I don't think it's a good idea to break off collaborations."

February 2009

Flu virus neutered in new therapy: Research could lead to universal vaccine, by Scott Lafee. San Diego Union-Tribune. (02-23-2009): Dr. Amesh A. Adalja comments about the emerging resistance of flu to existing antiviral drugs: “Right now, we're treating the flu a bit blindly.”

Ridding the world of polio, hosted by Peter Dobbe. BBC World Service News (Radio). (02-21-2009): Dr. D.A. Henderson was interviewed about the WHO’s polio eradication program and the feasibility of the effort. Among other observations, Dr. Henderson noted “I’d be in favor of eradication if I really believed it were possible, but I have my doubts whether . . . you’re really going to be absolutely certain that there is no polio lurking anywhere so that you can stop vaccination.”

Over 170 groups urge bill conferees to include 'double duty' public health funds in stimulus for jobs and health care savings. PR Newswire-US Newswire. (02-10-2009):  The Center for Biosecurity is listed as a signatory of a letter issued to Congressional conferees urging their support of funding for health and wellness programs under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009.

Are fears over bioterrorism stifling scientific research?, by Peter Aldhous. New Scientist. (02-05-2009): Dr. Gigi Kwik Gronvall comments about scientific research, regulations, and a survey of biologists on their attitudes about conducting “dual-use” research: "I hope that one of the lessons taken from this survey is that many scientists are concerned about this issue and want to do something about it . . . Scientists should not be seen as the problem."

Building biothreat defenses, by Joseph Straw. Security Management Magazine. (February 2009): Colonel Randy Larsen comments about the threat of biological weapons, noting that infectious diseases don’t need to be weaponized to do harm: “We know for a fact that there are going to be biological attacks from Mother Nature . . . There’s supposed to be a flu pandemic every 30 years. We’re overdue now. Will it be as bad as 1918 or similar to 1968? We don’t know.” Michael Mair discusses the value of syndromic surveillance in responding to health emergencies. “To date, syndromic surveillance hasn’t proven that it gives us any lead time over what an astute clinician would give us . . . Not even two days.” Figures are cited from Crystal Franco’s annual analysis of federal biodefense funding, “Billions for Biodefense.”

January 2009

Polio’s last stand: Bill Gates is bent on eradicating the disease, but the war isn't going well, by Fred Guterl. Newsweek. (01-22-2009): Dr. D.A. Henderson is mentioned as a public health expert who favors control of polio rather than eradication of the disease, an effort which he believes will ultimately fail.

Gates offensive against polio; Foundation antes up another $255M and stresses "The value of eradication," which has remained elusive—but some question justification for keeping costly effort going, by Sandi Doughton. The Seattle Times. (01-22-2009): Dr. D.A. Henderson weighs in on the WHO’s polio eradication program: "We've been going at it for 20 years now . . . The question is: Is this the best use of resources?"

Homeland Security Inside and Out, Host: Randy Larsen. KAMU Radio, 90.9 FM. (01-20-2009): Rebroadcast of March 4, 2008, interview with Dr. Gigi Kwik Gronvall.

Experts debate threat of nuclear, biological terrorism, by Chris Schneidmiller. Global Security Newswire. (01-13-2009): Colonel Randy Larsen is quoted from a panel discussion in which he participated during a 2-day conference sponsored by the Cato Institute on issues related to terrorism that the Obama administration is facing: "It is a very, very difficult challenge for the intelligence community to find out if a terrorist organization is developing a biological weapon in a room smaller than this."

Nuclear arms experts tee up spending debate for Obama, by Elaine M. Grossman. Global Security Newswire. (01-13-2009): Colonel Randy Larsen comments about a report released by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on priorities for atomic policy spending: "Today, the [Environmental Protection Agency] spends less than $1 million a year on research for cleanup [of a radiological dirty bomb] . . . We [also] need more funding in R&D and operations for medical and public health responses to an [improvised nuclear device]. Reduced spending on [national missile defense] will more than pay for other programs, such as these, that will have far better returns on investment."

Homeland Security Inside and Out, Host: Randy Larsen. KAMU Radio, 90.9 FM. (01-13-2009): Rebroadcast of January 29, 2008, interview with Dr. D.A. Henderson.

D.A. Henderson led global smallpox eradication campaign, by Rosanne Skirble. Voice of America. (01-09-2009): Dr. D.A. Henderson is interviewed about his efforts in the World Health Organization's global smallpox eradication program. View on You Tube

Director expects 'banner year' at BARDA, by Matt Korade. Congressional Quarterly Homeland Security. (01-08-2009): The Center for Biosecurity is cited as a source for countermeasure funding analysis.

Troubled life of an anthrax suspect, by Scott Shane. The New York Times. (01-04-2009): Dr. D.A. Henderson is quoted about events following the September 11 attacks, and the growing concern among government officials at that time about the potential for a bioterrorist attack.