Thomas V. Inglesby

Tom Inglesby, MD

Chief Executive Officer and Director

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Congressional Testimony and Briefings

  
In the News

2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007

  
2012

Bird-flu research: The biosecurity oversight. Nature. (05-23-2012). Dr. Inglesby was interviewed for this report.

Researchers tinker with bird flu: Are enough safeguards in place? Christian Science Monitor. (05-04-2012). Dr. Inglesby in quoted in this article. 

CNN Radio Reports interview with Tom Inglesby. CNN Radio Reports. (05-07-2012) Dr. Inglesby is interviewed.

Senate hearing on H5N1 papers exposes political divisions. Nature News. (04-27-2012). Testimony delivered by Dr. Inglesby before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs is referenced in this article.

Out, but far from overThe Economist. (04-07-2012). Dr. Inglesby is quoted in this article. 

Little consensus at scientific meeting on releasing results of risky research. Washington Post. (04-04-2012). Dr. Tom Inglesby is quoted in this article.

H5N1 mutations, other details unveiled at H5N1 meeting. CIDRAP News. (04-03-2012). Dr. Inglesby is quoted.

Advocates preach: Without PAHPA, US in trouble, deep. Scrip Intelligence: US Capitol Capsule. (03-05-2012). Proceedings of the Center's congressional seminar on the reauthorization of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act are covered in this report, and Center Director Dr. Inglesby is quoted. 

WHO panel supports publication of bird flu details, eventually. National Public Radio. (02-17-2012). Dr. Inglesby is quoted in this report, also featured by Vermont Public Radio.

Bird flu research – science for good or evil. 89.3 KPCC (Los Angeles NPR affiliate). (02-02-2012). Dr. Inglesby is referenced in this report. 

Health Monitor. St. Albert Gazette (Canada). (02-01-2012). Dr. Inglesby is quoted.

H5N1 causes controversy concerning balance between scientific discovery and public safety. Medical News Today. (01-30-2012). Dr. Inglesby is quoted.

Sunday dialogue: Bird flu experiments. New York Times. (01-29-2012). Dr. Tom Inglesby’s January 24 letter to the editor, responses from the scientific community, and Dr. Inglesby’s rejoinder.

Invitation to a dialogue: Research and its risks [Letter to the Editor from Tom Inglesby]. New York Times. (01-24-2012). An invited Letter to the Editor written by Dr. Tom Inglesby.

Flu researcher Ron Fouchier: 'It's a pity that it has to come to this'. Science. (01-20-2012). In an interview with Science, Dr. Fouchier notes the views of the Center for Biosecurity's Drs. Tom Inglesby and D.A. Henderson.

Avian flu scientists call for 60-day ‘pause’ on controversial research. Wall Street Journal. (01-20-2012). Dr. Tom Inglesby is quoted in this report.

Researchers agree to temporary halt for bird flu experiments. National Public Radio. (01-20-2012). Dr. Tom Inglesby is quoted in this report. 

Benefits of H5N1 research do not outweigh the risks. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. (01-14-2012). An Op Ed by Tom Inglesby, Anita Cicero, and D.A. Henderson.

Beware the scientists who tinker with flu bug viruses. Vancouver Courier. (01-12-2012). Dr. Inglesby is quoted in this article.

  
2011

Mutant bird flu: “Playing with fire.” WebMD.com. (12-27-2011). Dr. Inglesby is mentioned in this article.

Bird-flu data spur alarm; Federal officials ask journals to limit studies' details, citing bioterorrism risk. Wall Street Journal. (12-22-2011). Dr. Inglesby is quoted in this article.

US-Regierung empfiehlt Forschern zu schweigen. Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany). (12-21-2011). Dr. Inglesby is mentioned in this article.

Forschungsarbeiten über gefährliches H5N1-Virus werden zurückgehalten. Heise Online (Germany). (12-21-2011). Dr. Inglesby is mentioned in this article.

Scientists told not to share deadly virus info. NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. (12-20-2011). Dr. Inglesby was interviewed for this report.

Federal panel asks journals to censor reports of lab-created ‘bird flu.’ Washington Post. (12-20-2011). Dr. Inglesby is quoted in this report.

Deadly bird flu strain created by scientists sparks terror fears. The Huffington Post UK. (12-20-2011). Dr. Inglesby is quoted in this report.

Deadly flu virus created in the lab. NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. (12-15-2011).  Dr. Inglesby is featured as an expert in this report.

Ptasia grypa z laboratorium. Rzeczpospolita (Poland). (12-07-2011). Dr. Inglesby is mentioned in this report.

Vytvorili supervírus: Ničivejší ako antrax, dokáže vyhladiť polovicu ľudstva! Topky.sk (Slovakia). (12-02-2011). Dr. Inglesby is mentioned in this report.

Des scientifiques créent une variante extrêmement dangereuse du virus H5N1. France 24. (12-02-2011). Dr. Inglesby is mentioned in this report.

Scientists create lethal human strain of avian flu in test tube—now seek to publish formula for how it's done. Forbes. (11-29-2011). Dr. Inglesby is quoted in this report.

Super bird flu strain created by scientists is a recipe for disaster. NewJerseyNewsroom.com. (11-29-2011). Dr. Inglesby is quoted in this report.

Bioterror fears could block crucial flu research. New Scientist. (11-21-2011). Drs. Thomas Inglesby and D.A. Henderson were interviewed for this article. This report is also quoted in The Scientist, The Sunday Times (London), and on Gawker.com.

Debate rages over new bird flu research; some argue it's not safe to publish. Canadian Press. (11-19-2011). Dr. Thomas Inglesby was interviewed for this report, which also appeared in Global Winnepeg, Winnepeg Free Press, Toronto Star, McLean's Magazine, and on CBC Radio Canada.

Senate PAHPA Reauthorization Would Expand EUA, Animal Model. FDA Week. (11-18-2011). Dr. Thomas Inglesby's testimony before Congress is quoted in this report.

Bird flu experiment rattles bioterrorism experts. Morning Edition on NPR. (11-17-2011). Dr. Thomas Inglesby was interviewed for this report, and he was subsequently quoted in Forbes, Huffington PostNewJerseyNewsroom.com, RT.com, Sydney MX (Australia), BioPrepWatchDaily Mail (UK), CIDRAP News.

Cost, need questioned in $433-million smallpox drug deal Los Angeles Times. (11-13-2011). Dr. D.A. Henderson was interviewed.

The power to save lives Forbes. (11-02-2011). Dr. D.A. Henderson is named as one of 7 individuals identified by Bill Gates as “vaccine heroes.”

Lieberman Expresses Interest in Using EHRS for Biosurviellance. Inside Health Reform. (11-02-2011). Dr. Thomas Inglesby is quoted in this report.

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee conducts hearing on ten years after 9/11 and anthrax attacks. US Fed News. (11-02-2011). Dr. Thomas Inglesby is listed as a participant in this Congressional hearing.

There’s not nearly enough vaccine to go around. New York Times Magazine. (10-26-2011). Dr. Inglesby is mentioned in this article.

U.S. better prepared for bioterror, experts say. Global Security Newswire. (10-14-2011). Dr. Inglesby is quoted.

Ten years on from anthrax scare, analysis lags behind sequencing. Nature Medicine. (10-11-2011):  Dr. Inglesby is quoted in this article.

Experts optimistic at U.S. biosecurity outlook. BioPrepWatch. (10-06-2011): Dr. Inglesby is quoted in this article that covered the Center’s Charting the Future of Biosecurity conference convened October 4, 2011.

Strategic National Stockpile still lacking key medical treatments.Global Security Newswire.(09-27-2011): Dr. Inglesby and the Center's annual analysis of U.S. biodefense funding are referenced in this article.

Decade after anthrax attacks, worry over stockpile. Associated Press/Huffington Post. (09-26-2011): Dr. Inglesby and the Center's annual analysis of U.S. biodefense funding are referenced in this article.

Pentagon rethinks bioterror effort: critics say US $1.5-billion initiative has not delivered results. Nature. (09-22-2011): Dr. Inglesby is quoted in this article that discusses the end of DARPA's TMT program as a stand-alone initiative.

In search of the next big attack, long after 9/11. Associated Press. (09-09-2011): Dr. Inglesby and the Center's annual analysis of U.S. biodefense funding are referenced in this article.

  
2010

Remarks by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at the Biopreparedness in 2010 Summit (as released by HHS). Federal News Service. (09-23-2010): Dr. Inglesby and the Center for Biosecurity are mentioned in Secretary Sebelius’s speech.

How to plan for improvised nuclear devices. Science and National Security. Host: Randy Larsen. Federal News Radio. (07-26-2010): Dr. Inglesby provides an overview of the Center for Biosecurity ’s conference on surviving a nuclear detonation, and the importance of taking protective actions immediately following a blast. Listen to the webcast 

  
2009

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

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. 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,”

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. 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.”

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. Inglesby is mentioned in the article .

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. 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."

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. Inglesby is quoted about investments in stockpiles of vaccine: “I think the investment is widely seen to have been wise”

Flu vigilance still needed, by Thomas Inglesby. Baltimore Sun. (05-24-2009): Dr. 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.” 

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. 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,"

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. 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."

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. Inglesby responded, "If so, I don't know what it is."

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. 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?"

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

O'Malley names swine flu advisory board. WBAL, Channel 11 News (Baltimore NBC affiliate). (04-30-2009): Dr. 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.

Flu impact; schools shutdown, reported by Ryan Owens. ABC World News with Charles Gibson. (05-29-2009): Dr. 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."

Is America prepared for a pandemic?. Washington Post. (04-28-2009): Dr. 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.”

Q&A: Understanding swine flu: Key facts on swine flu and what is being done to better understand and combat the virus. The Online News Hour, PBS. Dr. 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. (05-27-2009): Dr. 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. (05-27-2009): Dr. Inglesby is cited as a source in this article.

U.S. mobilizes as 20 cases confirmed, by Suzanne Sataline and Cam Simpson. Wall Street Journal. (05-27-2009): Dr. 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."

Homeland Security: Inside and Out, hosted by Dave McIntyre and Randy Larsen. Federal News Radio. (03-17-2009): Dr. Inglesby discusses U.S. biosecurity strategy and the Center's work: “Ultimately what I think we need to do for biosecurity and biodefense has a lot to do with building preparedness for other kinds of public health emergencies and for responding to infectious diseases more broadly…what the fruits of research and development effort[s] will yield will be a better approach to diagnosing and treating infectious diseases systematically, better approaches to vaccine development, to getting medicines to people….many people rightly welcome this infusion of research and development effort because they see it as a way of getting at some of the more intractable infectious diseases problems that we’ve been facing for so long….”

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. 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.

  
2008

Report: WMD attack likely by 2013, by Michele Kelemen. All Things Considered. National Public Radio. (12-03-2008): Dr. Inglesby comments about a bipartisan report on weapons of mass destruction: "Given that pathogens are in laboratories big and small around the world and given, as they say in the report, that it doesn't require any more than a few skilled individuals to make and use a biological weapon, our efforts to prevent biological attack should be strengthened, but the country can't bank on prevention as its sole strategy." Listen to interview

Seeking details, lawmakers cite anthrax doubts, by Scott Shane and Eric Lichtblau. New York Times. (09-07-2008): Dr. Inglesby comments about how the scientific community feels about the evidence released thus far in the government's case against USAMRIID researcher Bruce Ivins: “For a lot of the scientific community, the word would be agnostic,” . . . “They still don’t feel they have enough information to judge whether the case has been solved.”

Ivins troubled but FBI docs fall short, by Eric Umansky. ProPublica. (08-07-2008): Dr. Inglesby offers that although the FBI “certainly has strong circumstantial evidence…” linking Bruce Ivins to the anthrax attacks of 2001, “…it’s important that the F.B.I. go on to release the scientific details.”

F.B.I. presents anthrax case, saying scientist acted alone, by Scott Shane and Eric Lichtblau. New York Times. (08-07-2008): Dr. Inglesby offers that although the FBI “certainly has strong circumstantial evidence…” linking Bruce Ivins to the anthrax attacks of 2001, “…it’s important that the F.B.I. go on to release the scientific details.”

Anthrax researcher commits suicide, by Jeanne Meserve. The Situation Room, CNN. (08-01-2008): When queried about requiring more stringent security at U.S. biological research facilities, Dr. Inglesby noted that “You could make a large supply of anthrax or other kinds of biological pathogens elsewhere in the world and bring them across borders without detection. There's no way that we're going to be able to stop these kinds of things from coming across the border.”

  
2007

Tiered vaccine plan puts military, infants first, Steve Inskeep, Anchor. National Public Radio. (10-24-2007): Regarding the flu vaccination plan, Dr. Inglesby is quoted, "If you tell a parent the day a pandemic is announced that their 5-year-old can't get vaccine until a hundred million other people deemed critical personnel are going to get vaccine first, watch out." Listen to interview

System breakdown? Missed signals? ABC World News with Charles Gibson. (05-30-2007:) Dr. Inglesby is interviewed about Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis: "If we're at the point in the investigation where we're having to track down airline passengers on multiple continents, it's too late in the game."

Disease scare; Medical manhunt. ABC World News with Charles Gibson. (05-30-2007): Dr. Inglesby is interviewed about Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis: "Doctors don't have the right tools to make a quick diagnosis of drug-resistant TB or, for that matter, bird flu virus or SARS or anthrax. This is a fixable problem, and we should fix it."

Federal anti-flu document raises questions, reported by Richard Knox. Morning Edition, National Public Radio. (02-01-2007): Dr. Inglesby comments about recommendations in the federal pandemic flu plan: "For some of these recommendations—such as prolonged school closures—there is honest, legitimate debate about the effectiveness of closing schools, about the feasibility of closing schools for two months or three months at a time, and about the downside and how we could cope with that in a community." Listen to interview

Experts see bird flu challenge to U.S. health system, by Paul Eckert. Reuters. (01-15-2007): Dr. Inglesby is quoted: ". . . 'the time line has already begun to slip a little bit' on the U.S. goal for 2011 of having enough vaccine for the entire population within six months of a pandemic influenza virus."