Larry Brilliant Honored as a Global Health Champion

Larry Brilliant was recently honored by UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health as a global health champion for his work on smallpox, polio, blindness and more over his career. UCLA put together a nice video of Larry, pulling from, among other sources, his 2006 TED talk, the Participant Media film Contagion, and the documentary film on his friend Wavy Gravy, Saint Misbehavin’. Watch it below.

A Decade of Achievement – Dr. Larry Brilliant, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Global Health Champion awardee from UCLA Fielding School of Public H on Vimeo.

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Larry Brilliant on disease surveillance at the Royal Society

Our President, Larry Brilliant, recently spoke at the Royal Society in London on the changing nature of disease surveillance, comparing his work in smallpox eradication in the 1970s to the state of play today, with all the advances technology has delivered. He talks about how detecting a disease outbreak has fallen from 167 days on average in 1996 to 20 days today, leveraging things like search technologies, mobile phones, social networks and self-reporting.  The title of the talk was “The future of disease surveillance: from “feet on the street” to “clues from the cloud.”  You can listen to the audio file here.

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Larry Brilliant at TEDMED with the FDA’s Peggy Hamburg

At the recent TEDMED Conference in Washington, DC, our president, Larry Brilliant, had a dialogue with Peggy Hamburg, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA), on how the FDA does its work in a rapidly changing environment.  Topics touched on include the balance between innovation and regulation, pharmaceuticals produced outside of the U.S., drug shortages, drug resistance, antibiotics in animal husbandry, tobacco, personalized medicine and more.  Watch it below.

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