ASCP Annual Meetings are wonderful opportunities for pathologists and laboratory professionals to learn about and discuss the latest research, technology and education in laboratory medicine. The upcoming ASCP 2018 Annual Meeting to be held in Baltimore, Maryland, Oct. 3-5, promises to continue this grand tradition, with Scientific General Session speaker Thomas J. Bollyky, JD, shining the spotlight on global health in the future.
In his upcoming book, “Plagues and the Paradox of Progress: Why the World Is Getting Healthier in Worrisome Ways,” he explains how historic health achievements are remaking a world that is both worrisome and full of opportunities. He discusses the idea that whether the peril or promise of that progress prevails depends on what we, as a society, do next.
In the book, Bollyky, a senior fellow for global health, economics and development at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and also an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University, interweaves a grand historical narrative about the rise and fall of plagues in human societies with contemporary case studies of the consequences. In telling the story, he references his visits to Dhaka―capital of Bangladesh and one of the most densely populated places on the planet―to show how low-cost health tools helped enable the phenomenon of poor world megacities. He also discusses recent history in China and Kenya to illustrate how dramatic declines in plagues have affected national economies.
Bollyky is recognized for his expertise in global health and development. In 2014, he directed the first CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force devoted to that discipline, entitled The Emerging Global Health Crisis: Noncommunicable Diseases in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Prior to coming to CFR, Bollyky was a fellow at the Center for Global Development and a director at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), where he led the negotiations for medical technologies in the U.S.-Republic of Korea Free Trade Agreement and represented USTR in the negotiations with China on the safety of food and drug imports.
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