Claire Standley, Assistant Research Professor

Claire Standley, Assistant Research Professor

21st August at 14:00
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Claire Standley, Assistant Research Professor, Center for Global Health Science & Security, Georgetown University Medical Center, Georgetown University

International frameworks for infectious disease control: past, present, and future


The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped many assumptions about capacities for preparedness and response to infectious disease threats, and the overall concept of global health security. Current international frameworks that seek to prevent the international spread of disease, and limit its impact on travel and trade, have been accused of falling short. The World Health Organization itself is facing perhaps its greatest existential and financial challenge since its inception in 1948. Is this criticism of global frameworks and institutions warranted, or are they being used as scapegoats to deflect from the failures of national leaders to take decisive, evidence-based action? In this presentation, I review the history of international frameworks for infectious disease control, placing their objectives and intents against the current backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through this lens, and taking into account the highly dynamic global epidemiological situation, we will discuss the extent to which the current structures for international cooperation and coordination for infectious disease response are sufficient, versus needing reform in order to be effective against future public health threats.


Dr. Claire Standley is an Assistant Research Professor within the Center for Global Health Science and Security, with a primary faculty appointment in the Department of International Health at Georgetown University. Her research focuses on the analysis of health systems strengthening and international capacity building for public health, with an emphasis on multisectoral approaches for the prevention and control of infectious diseases. Prior to joining Georgetown University, Dr. Standley was a Senior Research Scientist at The George Washington University Milken Institute of Public Health, and also served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of State. Before joining the State Department, Dr. Standley completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. Dr. Standley received a B.A. (Hons) in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation, and Management from the University of Oxford, and a Ph.D. in Genetics (with a focus on Biomedical Parasitology) from the University of Nottingham, as part of a joint program with the Natural History Museum of London.