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Megatrends in the 21st Century: Global Health Implications

2/10/2020 12:00:00 AM  

On March 3, 2020, Dr. Carroll, a Scowcroft Senior Fellow, will discuss his experiences with epidemics along with today’s global health threats, including the coronavirus, and their potential effects.

The global human population is projected to expand from 7.8 billion currently to 9.7 billion by 2050 and peaking at nearly 12 billion by the end of the century. Accelerated human population growth – particularly in Africa and South Asia, and corresponding changes in population demographics, urbanization, increases in energy consumption, demand for animal-based foods, global mobility and the near universal penetration of the “internet of all things” will profoundly transform our “foot print” on this planet – from climate patterns to disease epidemiology.

This presentation will explore how these “mega trends” over the 21st century and their projected planetary impact will challenge global health and further accelerate the threats posed by emerging diseases.

Dr. Carroll is an infectious disease expert, who recently retired as Director of the Emerging Threats Division of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). During his time at USAID, he led the Agency’s responses to the spread of avian influenza and the West Africa Ebola epidemic and oversaw the Agency’s implementation of the Emerging Pandemic Threats program in more than thirty countries across Africa and Asia. While previously serving as Senior Infectious Diseases Advisor for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, he was responsible for the initial design and development of the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI).

Date: March 3, 2020
Location: Annenberg Presidential Conference Center  Hagler Auditorium
Time: 6:00 PM CST

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