Banner Lounsbery Lecture Sabeti

Banner Lounsbery Lecture Sabeti

A recording of the lecture will be available shortly.

Long before Ebola erupted into a full-blown outbreak, it spread undetected, gaining momentum with each new patient, until it was too late. The consequences were devastating—and the public health community swore it would never again allow a virus to go unnoticed and unchecked for so long. Yet the next pandemic—Zika—was already circulating under the radar.

Oversights like this occur surprisingly often even in the best U.S. hospitals, where most infectious diseases are not properly diagnosed or tracked until it is too late. Our stunning inability to detect and stop potential outbreaks stems from the fact that current infectious disease diagnostics and surveillance practices are based on outdated tools and approaches—and that newer ones have not yet been unified into coherent systems. As a result, health workers on the ground—nurses, doctors and public health agencies—don’t have the tools and information they need, when they need them most. To defeat outbreaks and save lives, the world needs diagnostic tools and integrated information systems that can detect infectious threats and track their spread.

We must (1) Detect pathogens by inventing the next generation of diagnostics to detect any pathogen, anywhere in the world.  (2) Connect clinics by building an integrated surveillance network to track pathogens as they spread and discover outbreaks as they emerge. (3) Engage patients and link them to the network to improve their health and protect their communities. (4) Empower healthcare workers and everyone on the frontlines by training them to harness the next generation of diagnostic and surveillance tools. And finally (5) Overcome pathogens with new line treatments and vaccines using rapidly programmable platforms like CRIPSR-Cas.

Pardis Christine Sabeti, recipient of the 2017 Richard Lounsbery Award, will present on Wednesday, November 7 at University of Massachusetts, Boston.

The lecture is open to the public and will be webcast live. For more information, contact

University of Massachusetts, Boston
Wednesday, November 7
1:00 p.m.

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