As the COVID-19 pandemic devastates American life and claims more than 225,000 lives, you're invited to spend an evening with one of the nation's foremost coronavirus experts, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health and winner of the 2020 Templeton Prize, and Dr. Luciana Borio, a member of President-elect Joe Biden's coronavirus task force, will respond.
Presented as the Cathedral's 2020 Ignatius Forum, Dr. Fauci will discuss the prospects for a second wave and a vaccine. Dr. Fauci, Dr. Collins and Dr. Borio will explore what future "normal" might look like and what the US and other countries have learned about the pandemic that can help us prepare for the next one.
Registration for this online event is free, and all donations go to support the Cathedral's ministry as a center of convening at the intersection of sacred and civic life. This event is part of the Cathedral’s annual Ignatius Forum series, which is sponsored by the family of Paul and Nancy Ignatius in honor of their longtime support of the Cathedral and its public programming.
- Hosted by Adi Ignatius, editor-in-chief of the Harvard Business Review; David Ignatius, columnist at The Washington Post; and the Hon. Amy L. Ignatius, New Hampshire Superior Court
About Dr. Fauci:
Dr. Fauci was appointed Director of NIAID in 1984. He oversees an extensive research portfolio of basic and applied research to prevent, diagnose and treat established infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, tuberculosis and malaria as well as emerging diseases such as Ebola and Zika.
NIAID also supports research on transplantation and immune-related illnesses, including autoimmune disorders, asthma and allergies. The NIAID budget for fiscal year 2020 is an estimated $5.9 billion.
Dr. Fauci has advised six Presidents on HIV/AIDS and many other domestic and global health issues, including the Trump Administration's Coronavirus Taskforce. He was one of the principal architects of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a program that has saved millions of lives throughout the developing world.
About Dr. Collins:
Francis Collins is a physician-scientist and has served under two U.S. Presidents as the Director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the largest supporter of biomedical research in the world. Under his direction, the Human Genome Project produced the first finished sequence of the human DNA instruction book. His contributions to science, medicine, and society have been recognized by the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the National Medal of Science and the 2020 Templeton Prize.
A former atheist, Collins became a Christian during his medical training, and wrote about that in a best-selling book, The Language of God. Subsequently he founded the BioLogos Foundation, to provide a meeting place for individuals interested in serious and civil discourse on the potential harmony between science and Christian faith.
About Dr. Borio:
Luciana Borio, MD, directed medical and biodefense preparedness for the Trump administration from 2017-2019 and was recently named to the coronavirus task force for President-elect Joe Biden. She is a Vice President at In-Q-Tel, an independent, non-profit, strategic investment firm that works to identify, adapt, and deliver innovative technology solutions to support the missions of the United States Intelligence Community.
She is also a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations. She specializes in biodefense, emerging infectious diseases, medical product development, and complex public health emergencies.
She previously served as the Acting Chief Scientist of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (2015-2017), and the Assistant Commissioner for Counterterrorism Policy of the FDA (2010-2017).
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- November 12, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm