Stanford Biosecurity & Pandemic Resilience
Stanford Biosecurity is dedicated to protecting our nation and the world from biosecurity threats and infectious disease disasters
- Educating undergraduate and graduate students, fellows and residents about the fundamental issues in the field of Biosecurity. These Biosecurity trainees come from a broad range of academic fields spanning medicine, public health, public policy, bioengineering, computer science, business, law and other fields of study.
- Advancing promising research discoveries and technologies relevant to the field of Biosecurity
- Facilitating the Biosecurity conversation and solution creation by bringing together experts in biology, technology development, healthcare, public health, disaster management, engineering, and policy
In the News
By George Schultz and Milana Boukham Trounce, MD
"The COVID-19 pandemic shook the world and made humans’ vulnerability to infectious organisms apparent to all. When we wrote on potential pandemics in April 2019, as part of Hoover’s Governance in an Emerging New World publication series, the notion of a pandemic crippling society and spurring lockdowns and social distancing all over our nation and in much of the world seemed fantastical, something from a hundred years ago—which it was...Yet what has transpired over the past few months followed a pattern remarkably similar to numerous otherinfectious-disease outbreaks. As such, our views on themanagement of pandemics, as discussed in the spring of 2019, remain unchanged. We will therefore revisit those ideas in light of the COVID-19 pandemic." Read more
Are we doing enough about biosecurity?
Looking to tech and one another for how to protect human health and prosperity in the bioeconomy.
(Featuring Milana Boukham Trounce)
The Threat of Infectious Disease and the Evolution of the Threat
by Milana Boukhman Trounce
(Hoover Institution, April 2019)
How Contagious Pathogens Could Lead to Nuke-Level Casualties
"What if nuclear bombs could reproduce? Get your hands on one today, and in a week's time you've got a few dozen."
Milana Boukhman, MD wants to get people to worry about this possibility.
100 years later, flu epidemic remains a possibility, Stanford physicians say (2018)
As a specialist in biosecurity and bioterrorism preparedness and response, as well as an emergency medicine physician, Boukhman has toured labs around the world where bioweapons were once developed. And yet, she noted, “in many ways, Mother Nature is the worst bioterrorist of all.” If the same circumstances arose today, Boukhman pointed out, the consequences would be even greater.
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