Laurie Garrett, authority on global health and disease prevention, speaks at UT Health Science Center

WHAT: Laurie Garrett, an award-winning authority on global health and disease prevention, speaks at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Her lecture, “Betrayal of Trust: Critical Issues in Global Healthcare,” is part of the 10th anniversary celebration of the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics at the UT Health Science Center.

Garrett masterfully explains the science behind threats to global health – from pandemics to bioterrorism – and she scrutinizes the world’s ability to respond. She is the only person to win the three P’s of journalism: the Pulitzer, Polk and Peabody. She currently is the senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations.

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 11

    • Noon: Lecture and discussion
    • 2 to 2:15 p.m.: Media availability

WHERE: Holly Auditorium at the UT Health Science Center, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio.

WHO: Garrett was in the midst of doctoral studies in bacteriology and immunology at the University of California, Berkeley, and doing laboratory research at Stanford University, when she took a leave of absence to explore journalism.

She first went to Berkeley radio station KPFA, where she won the 1977 Peabody Award in Broadcasting for a documentary series she co-produced. She then reported on science for a number of news outlets, including National Public Radio and Newsday, where she won the first of two George Polk Awards and the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism. Her second Polk Award came in 2000 for her book, “Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health.”

A best-selling author, Garrett has written two other books: “The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance” and “I Heard the Sirens Scream: How Americans Responded to the 9/11 and Anthrax Attacks.”

NOTES: Garrett is delivering the 10th annual Frank Bryant Jr., M.D., Memorial Lecture in Medical Ethics.

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