Infectious Diseases/Pandemics

Lab Architecture | Key Meetings | Publications | Online Resources

Lab Architecture

Spirited panel discussions at the 2005 Pacific Health Summit launched the creation of the Infectious Diseases/Pandemics Policy Lab. The goal of this Lab is to contribute research and support to saving lives and minimizing the economic impact of infectious diseases. Toward this end, the Lab highlights best practices through targeted workshops, case studies, and briefings.

The Lab is organized into two modules designed to tackle the distinct challenges posed by emerging infectious diseases such as avian flu and MDR-TB, as well as the continuing threats of TB, cholera, and other diseases. It acknowledges their common infrastructure, which can be employed toward creating an effective health systems response.

Key Meetings


  • Pandemic Flu Preparedness: How Far Have We Come in the Last Five Years?
    How will recent developments in pandemic flu preparedness better equip high-risk countries, such as those in Southeast Asia, for future outbreaks? Dr. Peter Clevestig and Rachel Irwin of SIPRI address this and more, including the WHO’s new Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework and the interplay between human and animal health.
  • 2009 Pacific Health Summit – Multidrug Resistant Tuberculosis: Overcoming Global Resistance
    At the fifth annual Summit in June 2009, top leaders tackled how science, industry, and policy can accelerate the uptake of innovation to address the emerging global health threat of multidrug-resistant TB.
  • 2007 Pacific Health Summit - Pandemics: Working Together for an Effective and Equitable Response
    Participants discussed the challenges presented by avian flu and other emerging communicable and non-communicable pandemics. At the top of the agenda were issues such as the building of vaccine manufacturing capacity and the establishment of financial mechanisms to increase developing countries' access to pandemic and pre-pandemic influenza vaccines.
  • 2007 Summit Challenge
    This Summit Challenge presents the conceptual foundation for the 2007 Pacific Health Summit on pandemics. It features brief essays by Michael Birt, Tadataka Yamada, Joe Hogan, and Lee Hartwell. Case Studies of the China Infectious Disease Reporting System and the Mekong Basin Disease Surveillance Network are also included.
  • Tuberculosis—The Business Case: Moving Beyond the Status Quo
    An outline of the ways in which the private sector is already, and could be even more, effectively engaged in the fight against TB. This document formed the foundation for discussions on new and ongoing public-private partnerships around TB at the 2009 Pacific Health Summit.
  • Avian Flu Pandemic: What Would It Mean, and What Can We Do?
    A book, edited by the NBR Center for Health and Aging, grappling with questions surrounding the possibility of an Avian Flu Pandemic from national security and industry standpoints.
  • Pandemic Influenza Vaccines Workshop: Building a Platform for Global Collaboration
    The NBR Center for Health and Aging and Chinese CDC co-presented a workshop on pandemic influenza vaccines in January 2007 in Beijing. The workshop goal was to improve the global environment for avian influenza vaccine research, development manufacturing, regulation, and dissemination, and by doing so create a platform for global collaboration on vaccines.
  • Pandemic Preparedness & Health Information Technology and Policy
    Summit 2006 Breakout Session Report on utilizing information technologies to prepare for, and assertively defend against widespread outbreaks of disease. Discussion touched upon the merits of IT during a pandemic, including how “team-ware” can be used to facilitate coordinated decisions between leaders in real-time, and how information systems can direct local populations to areas with available resources, like vaccines.

Online Resources

Research Pages
Comprehensive resources for those interested in the history and evolving developments in pandemic influenza vaccines and tuberculosis, which provides background research, international policy resources, and key organizations.

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