Center for BiosecurityUPMC
2009 H1N1 Experience
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Marc Lipsitch

Dr. Lipsitch is Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is an author of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications on antimicrobial resistance, mathematical modeling of infectious disease transmission, bacterial and human population genetics, and immunity to Streptococcus pneumoniae. His group produced one of the earliest estimates of transmissibility of the SARS virus in real time in 2003, and provided a key estimate of the transmissibility of 1918 pandemic influenza, which helped to support the possibility of the use of pharmaceutical and nonpharmaceutical interventions to control the spread of future pandemics.

More recently, he has published studies of the impact of nonpharmaceutical interventions on the spread of 1918 influenza and models of the impact of antiviral use and resistance in control of future pandemics. His current work is focused on optimizing interventions for emerging infections (such as influenza) using limited data available as they emerge, seasonality of influenza, innate and acquired immune responses to Streptococcus pneumoniae, and the biological factors maintaining long-term coexistence of strains in bacterial pathogens. Dr. Lipsitch has received several outstanding young investigator awards and is on the editorial advisory boards/associate editor of PLoS Medicine, the Journal of Infectious Diseases, the American Journal of Epidemiology, Epidemiology, and Epidemics.

He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Pandemics, and he served on the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Working Group on H1N1 Influenza, as well as CDC’s Team B for the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. He has provided advice on antimicrobial resistance, SARS, and influenza to the Food and Drug Administration, the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control, the Congressional Budget Office, the Defense Science Board, and the governments of Canada and Mexico.

Dr. Lipsitch received his BA in philosophy from Yale University, completed his doctoral work in zoology at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and did postdoctoral work at Emory University and at the CDC from 1995-1999. He joined the faculty of Harvard School of Public Health in 1999.

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