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Stephen S. Morse

Director, Infectious Disease Epidemiology Certificate program
Professor of Epidemiology at the Columbia University Medical Center

Visiting Professor of School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis
Adjunct Faculty, The Rockefeller University

Dr. Stephen S. Morse's interests focus on epidemiology and risk assessment of infectious diseases (particularly emerging infections, including influenza), and improving disease early warning systems. In 2000, he returned to Columbia after 4 years in government as program manager for Biodefense at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Department of Defense, where he co-directed the Pathogen Countermeasures program and subsequently directed the Advanced Diagnostics program. Before coming to Columbia, he was assistant professor of Virology at The Rockefeller University in New York, and remains an adjunct faculty member. His book, Emerging Viruses (Oxford University Press) was selected by "American Scientist" for its list of "100 Top Science Books of the 20th Century". Dr. Morse was chair and principal organizer of the 1989 NIAID/NIH (National Institutes of Health) Conference on Emerging Viruses, for which he originated the term and concept of emerging viruses/infections; served as a member of the Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Sciences' Committee on Emerging Microbial Threats to Health (and chaired its Task Force on Viruses), and was a contributor to its report, Emerging Infections (1992). He subsequently served on the Steering Committee of the Institute of Medicine's Forum on Microbial Threats, and the National Academy of Sciences' committees on biowarfare threats; and as an adviser to numerous government and international organizations. He was the founding chair of ProMED (the nonprofit international Program to Monitor Emerging Diseases) and was an originator of ProMED-mail, an international network inaugurated by ProMED in 1994 for outbreak reporting and disease monitoring using the Internet.
Education & Training:

    PhD, 1977, University of Wisconsin

    MS, 1974, University of Wisconsin

    BS, 1971, City College New York


Mailman School Affiliations:

University Affiliations:

  • Institutional Biosafety Committee  Chair
  • Institutional Health & Safety Council  Member

Additional Affiliations:

  • Global co-Director, USAID PREDICT
  • Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology
  • Fellow, American College of Epidemiology
  • Fellow, New York Academy of Sciences (and Past Chair, Microbiology Section)
  • Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine
  • Founding Chair, ProMED (Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases)
Honors and Awards:
  • Fellow, AAAS
  • Life Member, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Selected Editorial Boards

    • Emerging Health Threats Journal
    • Viral Immunology
    • Biosecurity and Bioterrorism
New York City
    Center for Public Health Preparedness/NCDP Project URL: http://www.ncdp.mailman.columbia.edu/program_cphp.htm

    Dr. Morse works with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) on enhancing emergency preparedness and on training the public health workforce.

    NYC DOHMH WMD Advisory Group Project URL: http://

    Dr. Morse is a member of the DOHMH Bioterrorism/WMD Advisory Group.

    NYC DOHMH Advisory Committee for the Public Health Laboratories
    Dr. Morse is also a member of the DOHMH Advisory Committee for the NYC Public Health Laboratories.

    International scientific collaborations
    Dr. Morse cooperates with scientists on research in microbiology/virology and development of early warning and response systems for prevention of infectious diseases, and has administered collaborative projects in Russia, Ukraine, Australia, and Senegal (among others). He is Global co-Director, USAID PREDICT project (see below). Additional collaborative influenza and public health projects in Singapore and Hong Kong. Member, Council on Foreign Relations.
    Countries: Australia;Bangladesh;Bolivia;Brazil;Cambodia

    PREDICT Project, USAID (Director) Project URL: http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/ohi/predict/index.cfm

    PREDICT works with scientists in the field in almost two dozen countries worldwide. PREDICT cooperates with scientists on developing global surveillance and early warning of emerging infectious diseases, particularly from zoonotic reservoirs, and to develop data on the occurrence of these pathogens (both known and novel) for development of risk-based analytic and predictive approaches. The project is a consortium of institutions, and is a major component of the overall USAID Emerging Pandemic Threats (EPT) Program.

Selected Publications:
  • Morse SS, Mazet JAK, Woolhouse M, Parrish CR, Carroll D, Karesh WB, Zambrana-Torrelio C, Lipkin WI, Daszak P . "Prediction and prevention of the next pandemic zoonosis." Lancet: 380. 1956-1965, 2012.
  • Morse SS. "Public health surveillance and infectious disease detection." Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: 10. 6-16, 2012.
  • Morse SS. "The U.S. pandemic influenza implementation plan at six months." Nature Medicine: 13. 681-684, 2007.
  • Morse SS, Garwin RL, Olsiewski PJ. "Next flu pandemic: what to do until the vaccine arrives?" Science: 314. 929, 2006.
  • Morse SS. "Pandemic influenza: studying the lessons of history." Proc Nat. Acad Sci (USA) : 104. 7313-7314, 2007.
  • Murray EJ, Morse SS. "Seasonal oscillation of human infection with H5N1 Influenza A in Egypt and Indonesia." PLoS ONE: 6. e24042, 2011.
  • Olson DR, Simonsen L, Edelson PJ, Morse SS. "Epidemiological evidence of an early wave of the 1918 influenza pandemic in New York City." Proc Natl Acad Sci (USA): 102. 11059-11063, 2005.
  • Morse SS, Rosenberg BH, Woodall J, ProMED Steering Committee Drafting Subgroup. "Global monitoring of emerging diseases: design for a demonstration program." Health Policy: 38. 135-153, 1996.
  • Morse SS. "Factors in the emergence of infectious diseases." Emerging Infectious Diseases: 1. 7-15, 1995.
  • SS Morse (Ed.) Emerging Viruses. Oxford University Press. New York and Oxford UK. 1993.

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