Stephen Morse

Stephen A. Morse received his M.S.P.H. in environmental chemistry and biology in 1966, and a PhD in microbiology in 1969 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has developed his academic career at: Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School, 1971-74; Oregon Health Sciences University, 1974-84; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Director, Sexually Transmitted Diseases Research Program, 1984-95; Associate Director for Science, Division of Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response, 1999-2008; Associate Director for Environmental Microbiology, 2008 - present. He has published over 290 articles, books and chapters and has received numerous awards, including: the McLaughlin Award from the University of Texas Medical School at Galveston; the Harriet Hylton Barr Outstanding Alumnus Award from the School of Public Health of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and the Joseph E. McDade Citation for Lifetime Scientific Achievement, CDC. Currently, Adjunct Professor at Emory University School of Medicine, and past member of the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Microbiology and the FBI Scientific Working Group for the forensic analysis of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear terrorism.

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This book consists of nine chapters, written by international authorities, discussing various aspects of bioterrorism preparedness and response. Five of the chapters are agent-specific and highlight the pathogenesis, prevention and treatment, and the potential of specific organisms (Rickettsia and Yersinia pestis) or toxins (ricin, botulinum neurotoxins, and staphylococcal enterotoxins) to be used for nefarious purposes. Four chapters discuss different aspects of detecting and responding to a bioterrorism attack. These include methods for spatio-temporal disease surveillance, international laboratory response strategies, detection of botulinum neurotoxins in food and other matrices, and the use of physical methods (ie Raman spectroscopy) to detect spores.

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