Seminar: Coronavirus and Future of Infectious Disease


On April 1, a livestreamed seminar titled “Coronavirus and the Future of Infectious Disease” was hosted by the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, an affiliate centers of the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. The event was hosted in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Asia, also an affiliated center of the Pardee School.

The seminar featured a panel discussion including Nahid Bhadelia (Associate Professor, Medicine/Infectious Diseases, BU School of Medicine), Davidson Hamer (Professor, Global Health & Medicine, BU School of Public Health & BU School of Medicine), and Gerald T. Keusch (Professor, Medicine & International Health, BU School of Medicine & BU School of Public Health). The discussion was moderated by Pardee School Dean Adil Najam.

A full video of the hour-long seminar is available you YouTube (or can be viewed above).

The wide-ranging discussion, which attracted a large online audience, included a focus on the medical aspects that relate to what citizens can do to contain the contagion but also looked at global implications, especially on the readiness of health systems in under-resourced countries. The discussion focused also on the human security aspects of infectious disease and, in particular, why countries – even the most prosperous ones – find themselves unprepared for what are, in fact, not entirely surprising crises.

The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future (Pardee Center) is an interdisciplinary research center established in the year 2000 and now an affiliate center of the Pardee School of Global Studies. It is dedicated to producing and convening world-class scholarship on globally important issues that affect the human condition over the longer-range future (30-200 years).