IN NOVEMBER, the annual Princeton-Fung Global Forum brought health experts together in Dublin to address the emergence of new diseases and challenges in an increasingly connected world. Case studies of “modern plagues,” including the Ebola crisis, framed the conversation among speakers, panelists and attendees from academia, government and nongovernmental sectors, the media, and the public. Among the conclusions: confronting the emergence of new diseases requires a multidisciplinary approach involving not only public health and medical knowledge but also an understanding of a disease’s economic, environmental, political and historical roots.
The Princeton-Fung Global Forum is a series of meetings that Princeton hosts with the help of a generous gift from 1970 alumnus William Fung.
–By Elisabeth Donahue