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Brian W. Simpson

Editor-in-chief
Brian W. Simpson is editor-in-chief of GHN and editor of the award-winning Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health Magazine at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has written stories on everything from the development of the polio vaccine and the influence of Islam on public health, to the malaria parasite’s lifecycle. He has published articles from India, Nepal, Cuba, Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria and other countries. Brian earned a Master of Arts from the Writing Seminars at the Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the Bloomberg School. Simpson also teaches science writing at Johns Hopkins University.

The US government’s Operation Warp Speed may not be exceeding light speed, but it’s going pretty darn fast for a massive, government-run vaccine testing program.  One major challenge: Landing 150,…

Identifying people who have been infected with COVID-19 and reaching those they may have infected will require 100,000 additional workers in US cities and states, according to a $3.6 billion plan…

As the novel coronavirus marched through Asia, Europe, and North America earlier this year, Africa had a brief chance to prepare. Then, in typical COVID-19 fashion, a small number of imported cases…

Hospitals facing a possible need for 5X to 10X the number of beds they have. Doctors and nurses resorting to bandanas because they lack masks. Refrigerated trucks outside hospitals holding the dead…

One of the biggest unknowns in the COVID-19 pandemic: What will happen in Africa? Home to 1.2 billion people, Africa has seen the novel coronavirus quickly spread to 37 countries and more than 700…

As novel coronavirus cases continue to mount globally, humanity can’t turn to its go-to infectious disease fixes: vaccines and drugs. At least not yet. A new vaccine might be at least 12 to 18 months…

SAN ANTONIO – The nightmare cruise is finally over for more than 120 evacuees from the Diamond Princess.  They were released from their COVID-19 quarantine Tuesday afternoon after a battle between…

The new coronavirus that's infected hundreds of people and reached 5 countries has public health officials grappling with the possibility of severe pandemic.  Human-to-human transmission was…

Here’s the stereotype of how global health programs are developed: Experts in wood-paneled rooms in Washington, DC or Geneva determine the priorities, the interventions and the money required. Then…

By 2100, Nigeria’s population is expected to reach 794 million. In a startling keynote address at yesterday’s Triangle Global Health Conference in Durham, North Carolina, Dennis Carroll invited the…