AUCKLAND: Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs
Monday, 24 June 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Lecture Theatre 106-100, Biology Building (Building 106) University of Auckland, Symonds Street

SPEAKER: Dr Michael Osterholm, University of Minnesota

Dr. Osterholm is a biosecurity and infectious disease expert.  His expertise includes preparedness for a global pandemic (natural or manmade), and antimicrobial resistance. 

In June 2005 he was named to the newly-established National Science Advisory Board on Biosecurity.  He is a member of the World Economic Forum Working Group on Pandemics.

From 2001 to 2005, he served as a Special Advisor to the US Government on bioterrorism and public health preparedness.   Previously, he served for 24 years at the Minnesota Department of Health, 15 of them as state epidemiologist. 

His articles on pandemic influenza have appeared in Foreign Affairs, the New England Journal of Medicine, and Nature.  As an advisor to the late King Hussein of Jordan, Dr. Osterholm has also focused on the use of biological agents to target civilian populations.    He is the author of Living Terrors:  What America Needs to Know to Survive the Coming Bioterrorist Catastrophe, and in2017 of Deadliest Enemy:  Our War Against Killer Germs.