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Project Information

Project Information

Forum on Microbial Threats - (COMPLETED)

Project Scope:

The Forum on Microbial Threats was created in 1996 at the request of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health to provide a structured opportunity for discussion and scrutiny of critical, and possibly contentious, scientific and policy issues related to research on and the prevention, detection, surveillance, and responses to emerging and reemerging infectious diseases in humans, plants, and animals, as well as the microbiome in health and disease. The Forum brings together leaders from government agencies, industry, academia, and nonprofit and philanthropic organizations to facilitate cross-sector dialogue and collaboration through public debate and private consultation to stimulate original thinking about the most pressing issues across the spectrum of microbial threats.

Despite decades of progress, the need for the Forum on Microbial Threats remains. Problems such as MERS, Ebola, Chikungunya, Zika, yellow fever, and antibiotic resistance demonstrate how the issue of emerging infections is global and unrelenting. The drivers are ever more pervasive, and the consequences—human, social, and economic—loom larger than ever.

The Forum convenes several times each year to identify and discuss key problems and strategies in the area of microbial threats. To supplement the perspectives and expertise of its members, the Forum also holds public workshops to engage a wide range of experts, members of the public, and the policy community. All workshops are summarized in high-quality, scholarly workshop proceedings that are available for free download from the National Academies Press.

Status: Completed

PIN: HMD-BGH-18-P-16

RSO: Pavlin, Julie


Board on Global Health


Health and Medicine

Geographic Focus:

Committee Membership

Peter Daszak
Marcos Espinal
Eva Harris
Jonna A. Mazet
Sally A. Miller
Suerie Moon
David Nabarro
Kumanan Rasanathan
Peter Sands
Thomas W. Scott
Jay P. Siegel
Kevin Anderson - (Ex Officio Member)
Timothy Burgess - (Ex Officio Member)
Cristina Cassetti - (Ex Officio Member)
Andrew Clements - (Ex Officio Member)
Elizabeth D. Hermsen - (Ex Officio Member)
Kent E. Kester - (Ex Officio Member)
Rima F. Khabbaz - (Ex Officio Member)
Michael Mair - (Ex Officio Member)
Gary Roselle - (Ex Officio Member)



Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

500 5th St, NW
Washington, DC, 20001

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Join us for 1.5-day public workshop that will examine the major advancements in scientific, technological, and social innovations that have been taking place to tackle microbial threats, including diagnostics, vaccine development and production, new antimicrobials as well as non-pharmaceutical interventions and surveillance. Particular considerations will be given to innovations that occur at the human-animal-plant-environment interface and those that are practical and can be implemented in different resource-level settings.

If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Julie Pavlin
Contact Email:
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2171

Is it a Closed Session Event?
Some sessions are open and some sessions are closed

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If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Cecilia Mundaca Shah
Contact Email:
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2622

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Is it a Closed Session Event?

Publication(s) resulting from the event: