Dr. Peter Daszak Elected As a Member of the National Academy of Medicine

NEW YORK – October 15, 2018 – At its annual meeting Monday, the National Academy of Medicine announced the election of EcoHealth Alliance President Dr. Peter Daszak as a new member. Dr. Daszak is one of 85 new members announced at the meeting.

Under Dr. Daszak’s leadership, EcoHealth Alliance, a nonprofit organization working at the intersection of animal, environmental, and human health on a global scale, has become one of the world’s leading advocates for One Health philosophy and a trusted partner to and advisor of public health institutions domestically and internationally.

"It is an incredible honor to join the venerable ranks of the National Academy of Medicine," Dr. Daszak said. "Having dedicated my entire career to researching the origins and drivers of emerging diseases, recognition of this work means a great deal to me personally. It also represents the growing importance of disease ecology and One Health to medical science."

Election to the National Academy of Medicine is one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.

"Election into the National Academy of Medicine is a worthy recognition of Dr. Daszak’s career of excellent and forward-thinking work," EcoHealth Alliance board member and Emory University School of Medicine Professor Emeritus James M. Hughes, MD, said. Dr. Hughes is, himself, a member of the National Academy of Medicine. "It is a big moment both for Dr. Daszak and for the entire organization; I’m very pleased to see EcoHealth Alliance’s One Health vision receive this recognition."

In addition to serving as President and CEO of EcoHealth Alliance, Dr. Daszak also serves as the Chair of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Forum on Microbial Threats. The Forum is dedicated to scrutinizing and responding to potential threats to human populations by emerging infectious diseases.

Dr. Daszak’s research has been instrumental in identifying the bat origin of SARS and identifying the underlying drivers of Nipah and Hendra virus emergence. He produced the first ever global emerging disease hotspots map, developed a strategy to calculate how many unknown viruses exist around us, and discovered chytridiomycosis, a fungal infection responsible for global amphibian population declines.

About EcoHealth Alliance
Building on over 45 years of groundbreaking science, EcoHealth Alliance is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting wildlife, environmental, and public health from the emergence of disease. Approximately 60 percent of emerging infectious diseases like Ebola, HIV, Zika, SARS, MERS, and West Nile virus have all originated in animals before spilling over to human populations. Using environmental and health data covering the past 60 years, EcoHealth Alliance scientists created the first-ever global disease hotspots map that identified at-risk regions to determine where research and field work are needed to help predict and prevent the next pandemic crisis. That work is the foundation of EcoHealth Alliance's rigorous, science-based approach working in nearly 30 countries worldwide. EcoHealth Alliance's strength is founded on innovations in research, training, global partnerships, capacity building, and policy initiatives.
Press contact: Anthony Ramos, (212) 380-4469 or ramos@ecohealthalliance.org

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