Pyres: 2001 UK FMD Outbreak - Photo: Murdo Macleod.  Slides L-R: Smallpox, SARS Coronavirus , Foot and Mouth Disease, West Nile Virus.

3 February 2014

Expanding the Humanitarian University Consortium, kicked off in 2003 in conjunction with biodefense work, and help from the International Society for Infectious Diseases global public health network ProMED. Today, with information and disinformation flowing at the speed of light, there has never been a greater need for peer reviewed information access, considered the gold standard for advocacy and policy development.

Access points for submission, participation in peer reviewed advocacy and policy discussions:

Updated January 2014

Stephen M. Apatow
Founder, Director of Research & Development
Humanitarian Resource Institute (UN:NGO:DESA)
Humanitarian University Consortium Graduate Studies
Center for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine & Law
Phone: 203-668-0282


Peer Review: Humanitarian University Consortium Graduate Studies Center for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine & Law

From Y2K to Today: International Disaster Information Network Mediates Global Infrastructure Analysis, Contingency Planning and Response. -- Humanitarian Resource Institute.

Humanitarian Resource Institute specializes in research, identification of the target audience and effective integration of resources such as telecommunications, direct mail, newspaper, radio, television and Internet to achieve our communications objective.  Networks include: 

  • newspaper, radio and television, corporate, intergovernmental, non-governmental, United Nations, community action and interfaith organizations in approximately 195 countries.  
  • grassroots networks (household level), corporate, municipal, state and federal government, community action and interfaith organizations in approximately 3100 United States Counties.

The Humanitarian University Consortium (ProMED:ISID: Announcements 2003 (08): Humanitarian Univ. Consort.) was founded to support the development of  initiatives associated with economic, social, cultural and humanitarian issues worldwide.  Our mission is to serve as (1) an international community of scholars, (2) a bridge between Humanitarian Resource Institute and the international academic community, (3) a think tank in support of the United Nations programs and (4) the promotion of higher learning through both traditional and distance education.

In 2010, the Humanitarian Intervention Initiative (H-II) was established to support strategic planning, development and stabilization of humanitarian emergencies that are beyond the operational capacities of the United Nations, non-governmental and relief organizations. This focus includes Expanding Special Protective Forces for Humanitarian Operations through H-II OPSEC.

Biodefense: Expanding Dialogue

In the publication "Biological Threats and Terrorism, Assessing the Science and Response Capabilities: Workshop Summary," the National Academy of Sciences has recognized Humanitarian Resource Institute (HRI) as one of nine leading educational and research institutions. These include:

  • Center for Nonproliferation Studies.
  • Columbia University: Center for Public Health Preparedness.
  • Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government: Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
  • Humanitarian Resource Institute.
  • Johns Hopkins University: Center for Civilian Biodefense Studies.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Center for International Studies.
  • National Academy of Sciences.
  • University of Maryland: Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland.
  • University of Minnesota: Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy.

Reference: Forum on Emerging Infections, Board on Global Health. "Front Matter." Biological Threats and Terrorism: Assessing the Science and Response Capabilities: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2002.

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