Aspen Ideas Festival: Dr. Brilliant and Dr. Smolinski Share their Vision for a World Without Pandemics

Our Chairman, Dr. Larry Brilliant, and our Chief Medical Officer and Director of Global Health Threats, Dr. Mark Smolinski, participated in multiple panel discussions at the Aspen Ideas festival last week.

Larry discussed his spiritual public health journey and his book Sometimes Brilliant in an interview with Walter Isaacson, the President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, while Mark reflected on the challenges in tailoring healthcare to different communities and cultures in a panel focused on discrimination in health care.

Mark also kicked off the festival’s Spotlight Health sessions with a brave idea of a global disease surveillance system that can end pandemics in our lifetime, stating: “If we use the power of the people already spread across the globe to be the canaries in the coal mine and report human illness, animal illness, and environmental concerns, then we can get a giant step ahead in finding the next outbreak before it spreads into an epidemic and certainly before it spreads across the globe. Informed consent, Informed people, informed world.”

You can find a link here: https://youtu.be/LsOeI6algnA?t=20m51s

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