Recent Scholarly Publications

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On Defining Global Catastrophic Biological Risks

July 2017

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security has formulated an encompassing working definition of global catastrophic biological risks (GCBRs) that reflects diverse sources of risk and mechanisms...

How likely is it that biological agents will be used deliberately to cause widespread harm?

December 2015

The fact that biological weapons have never been used—at least in recent history—is not sufficient reason to dismiss concerns that terrorists or nations could acquire and use dangerous pathogens as...

New Game, New Rules: Limiting the Risks of Biological Engineering

September 2015

In an article published by the Council on Foreign Relations' Foreign Affairs magazine, David Relman and Marc Lipsitch examine recent advances in biological engineering as well as lapses in...

Decision Framework for Coordinating Bioterrorism Planning, A: Lessons from the BioNet Program

January 2009

Background: Effective disaster preparedness requires coordination across multiple organizations.

Strategies for Combating Bioterrorism

December 2008

Modeling the Logistics of Response to Anthrax Bioterrorism

March 2008

Background: A bioterrorism attack with an agent such as anthrax will require rapid deployment of medical and pharmaceutical supplies to exposed individuals.

An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure: Improving Communication to Reduce Mortality During Bioterrorism Responses

March 2008

OBJECTIVE: To identify communication needs and evaluate the effectiveness of alternative communication strategies for bioterrorism responses.

Reducing Mortality from Anthrax Bioterrorism: Strategies for Stockpiling and Dispensing Medical and Pharmaceutical Supplies

September 2006

A critical question in planning a response to bioterrorism is how antibiotics and medical supplies should be stockpiled and dispensed.

Pediatric Anthrax: Implications for Bioterrorism Preparedness

August 2006

Objectives:To systematically review the literature about children with anthrax to describe their clinical course, treatment responses, and the predictors of disease progression and mortality.Data...

Sverdlovsk Revisited: Modeling Human Inhalation Anthrax

May 2006

Several models have been proposed for the dose-response function and the incubation period distribution for human inhalation anthrax.

Cost-Effectiveness of Defending against Bioterrorism: A Comparison of Vaccination and Antibiotic Prophylaxis against Anthrax

April 2005

Background: Weaponized Bacillus anthracis is one of the few biological agents that can cause death and disease in sufficient numbers to devastate an urban setting.

Biotechnology and Bioterrorism: An Unprecedented World

December 2004

The web of measures that comprise the nuclear non-proliferation regime continues to hold at bay the "nuclear-armed crowd" that was part of President John F. Kennedy's alarming vision in 1963.

Anthropology of Bioethics

December 2004

The third edition has 120 new articles, among them Artificial nutrition and hydration, Bioterrorism, Cloning, Cybernetics, Dementia, Managed care, and Nanotechnology.

Effectiveness of Nuclear Weapons against Buried Biological Agents

December 2004

This report describes the results of some calculations on the effectiveness of penetrating nuclear weapons of yield 1 and 10 kilotons against targets containing biological agents.

Art or Bioterrorism? Implications of the Kurtz Case for Research Science and for Limiting Terrorist Threats

December 2004

One spring morning in 2004, Professor Steven Kurtz of the State University of New York (SUNY), Buffalo campus, woke to the horrid discovery that his wife of twenty years had died overnight from a...

Systematic Review: Surveillance Systems for Early Detection of Bioterrorism-Related Diseases

June 2004

BACKGROUND: Given the threat of bioterrorism and the increasing availability of electronic data for surveillance, surveillance systems for the early detection of illnesses and syndromes potentially...

Regionalization of bioterrorism preparedness and response

May 2004

The anthrax attacks of 2001, the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), and weapons of mass destruction tabletop exercises have made it clear that no single community can prepare...

Conceptual Model for Evaluating Information Technologies and Decision Support Systems for Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response, A

April 2004

OBJECTIVES: The authors sought to develop a conceptual framework for evaluating whether existing information technologies and decision support systems (IT/DSSs) would assist the key decisions faced...

Evaluating Detection and Diagnostic Decision Support Systems for Bioterrorism Response

January 2004

We evaluated the usefulness of detection systems and diagnostic decision support systems for bioterrorism response.

Nation's Health, The

December 2003

This compendium of articles provides a clear view of the factors affecting the health of Americans and the role of public health, medical care, and the community in ensuring the nation's health....

Surveillance Systems for Bioterrorism: A Systematic Review

December 2002

Toward Biological Security

June 2002

The anthrax attacks in fall 2001, and the fear and confusion that followed, made it all too clear that the United States lacks a comprehensive strategy for coping with bioterrorism.

Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response: Use of Information Technologies and Decision Support Systems

June 2002

The Nation's capacity to respond to bioterrorism depends in part on the ability of clinicians and public health officials to detect, manage, and communicate during a bioterrorism event.

Keeping National Missile Defense in Perspective

January 2002

The United States is in the midst of its third major debate on nationwide ballistic missile defense-the first culminating in the 1972 ABM Treaty and the second sparked by President Reagan's "Star...


Wein Lawrence M. Wein Professor, Management Science