A Duke student responds to the question, “What did you learn from Session IV: Pandemics, Perception, and the Power of Stigma, lead by Dr. Broverman and Dr. Wald?”
Dr. Anthony So discussed how intellectual property rights heavily influence access to drugs. Normally, patents are suppose to provide assurance, but oftentimes the strategic use of intellectual property rights leads to tension between parties about sharing of information.
What are your thoughts concerning the debate about developing a cure to a pandemic (like SARS): should the cure be a public good or a private good?
What are the challenges to sharing information in the global arena?
During the morning session Dr. So brought up how media (news articles) can be used to help detect increasing incidental cases of a potential pandemic (i.e. web news crawler).
What detection techniques do you think are the most cost effective and not prone to false-positives?
Do you have any other ideas or techniques that could be used to improve the accuracy and timing of detection?