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Date(s) - Wednesday, November 10, 2021
10:00 am PST - 12:00 pm PST


Our Pandemic Future:  critical weaknesses In U.S. and international infectious disease surveillance and containment systems, and recommendations for optimizing our defenses


Bob Enteen, Ph.D.

Independent Medical Journalist



Either from ignorance of the facts or a desire to protect us from even greater shock, many authorities predict that once COVID-19 is controlled, chiefly with vaccines, we will be able to return to “normalcy.” Regrettably, data drawn from numerous studies in infectious disease medicine, epidemiology, and demography suggest a far more threatening future. Although national and international surveillance and containment systems are in place, they are a patchwork. They failed to prevent the world-wide spread of COVID-19, and unless they are improved, well-funded, and well-maintained, they will fail again. According to some of the world’s leading infectious disease specialists, unless system improvements are made it is virtually certain that we or at the latest our children’s generation will experience re-emerging or previously unknown infectious diseases, some possibly more devastating than COVID. Yet despite the urgency of this problem, only a handful of the thousands of articles, learned speeches, and broadcast commentaries that have appeared about COVID have addressed the likelihood of future pandemics, and then only in passing or without consideration of key elements. This presentation will identify the main factors predictive of future pandemics; explain why virulent disease pandemics are increasing in frequency; identify the regions where outbreaks of recurring or new diseases will most likely occur; explain why some local outbreaks will likely spread internationally and become pandemic; and offer recommendations for improving our long-term national and global defenses.


For seven years Bob hosted a medical talk show broadcast weekly by NPR, university, and community radio stations. During 1999-2000, he served as the first Director of Multimedia Programs at (now WebMD) and CBS His work in radio broadcasting and webcasting are based on 25 years in health research and policy analysis on acute and chronic disease, and disability. He served for 12 years as Director of Health Research & Policy Programs at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He has also designed, conducted, or led studies for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Columbia University; Aventis Pharmaceuticals; the National Institute of Mental Health; and other organizations. The author of more than 60 journal articles, magazine articles, and book chapters, his book on health Insurance was selected as runner-up for The Wharton School’s Kulp-Wright Award for “The Year’s Best Book in Personal Finance.” Bob has served as a speaker, panel moderator, and workshop leader at professional and consumer conferences in the US, Canada, Europe, and Africa, including meetings convened by The Brookings Institution; the National Health Council; The U.S. State Department; the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Centers; Yale, Columbia and Cornell Universities. Bob received his Ph.D. in sociology from New York University, with a special focus on sociology of knowledge and sociology of science. He also holds post-doctoral certificates in psychotherapy, organizational development (fund-raising), and clinical hypnosis.




Attendees List

  • Tom Anderson
  • Peter Martelli
  • Terry Hill
  • Rune Storesund (organization)
  • Mark Nichols
  • Kentaro Noda
  • Natalia Smalyuk
  • R. Tyler Spradley
  • Barbara Abdelilah
  • Ian Hodgson