Robert Koch Institute, where he also served as Vice President from 2001 to 2010 and President since 2010.
Professor Burger is a member of numerous scientific societies and numerous national and international expert committees. In 1993 he was appointed Chairman of the National Advisory Committee on Blood of the German Federal Ministry for Health, advising the federal government on all aspects of the safe and efficient use of blood components and plasma derivatives. He has many publications related to immunology and has also authored many recommendations, reports, and guidelines in the field of infectious diseases, immunology, and transfusion medicine, particularly concerning the safety of blood and blood products against transmission of infections and the detection of infectious agents.
Peter Daszak, Ph.D., is President of EcoHealth Alliance, a United States—based organization that conducts research and field programs on global health and conservation. At EcoHealth Alliance, Dr. Daszak manages a headquarters staff of 35 and a global staff of more than 700 that conducts research and outreach initiatives to prevent emerging pandemics and conserve wildlife biodiversity. This includes research on zoonoses that spill over from wildlife in emerging disease “hotspots,” including influenza, Nipah virus, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), West Nile virus, and others. Dr. Daszak’s work includes identifying the first case of a species extinction due to disease, the discovery of chytridiomycosis, the major cause of global amphibian declines, publishing the first paper to highlight emerging diseases of wildlife, coining the term “pathogen pollution,” discovery of the bat origin of SARS-like coronaviruses, identifying the drivers of Nipah and Hendra virus emergence, and producing the first ever emerging disease “hotspots” map.
Dr. Daszak is a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Forum on Microbial Threats and served on the IOM Committee on global surveillance for emerging zoonoses, the National Research Council (NRC) committee on the future of veterinary research, and the International Standing Advisory Board of the Australian Biosecurity CRC. In 2010, he advised the Director for Medical Preparedness Policy on the White House National Security Staff on global health issues. Dr. Daszak is a member of the Council of Advisors of the One Health Commission, Treasurer of DIVERSITAS (ICSU), Editor-in-Chief of the Springer journal Ecohealth, and former Treasurer and a Founding Director of the International Ecohealth Association. In 2000, he won the Commonwealth Scientific and Indus trial Research Organisation (CSIRO) medal for collaborative research in the dis covery of amphibian chytridiomycosis. He has published more than 150 scientific papers, including in Science, Nature, PNAS, The Lancet, PLoS Biology, and other leading journals. Dr. Daszak was invited to present his work at TEDMED in 2010, and has been the focus of articles in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Washington Post, US News & World Report, CBS 60 Minutes, CNN, ABC, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and Morning Edition & Fresh Air with Terri Gross. He