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D.A. Henderson Named New Coeditor-in-Chief of Biosecurity and Bioterrorism Journal

New Rochelle, NY, January 14, 2010—D.A. Henderson, MD, MPH, is the new Coeditor-in-Chief of Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. ( He joins Thomas V. Inglesby, MD, who will continue as Coeditor-in-Chief, and succeeds Tara O’Toole, MD, MPH, who was recently appointed Under Secretary for Science & Technology in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. A free sample issue and Tables of Contents for Biosecurity and  Bioterrorism are available online at
Dr. Henderson is a Distinguished Scholar at the Center for Biosecurity of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (Pennsylvania) and a Professor of Public Health and Medicine at the University. He is Dean Emeritus and Professor of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and a Founding Director (1998) of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies. From November 2001 through April 2003, he served as the Director of the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness and, later, as a Principal Science Advisor in the Office of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Inglesby noted that Dr. Henderson is uniquely qualified to edit the Journal: “D.A. has had a singular record of accomplishment and contribution to public health and biosecurity. His work directing the successful global smallpox eradication campaign, his leadership at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, his founding of the Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense, and his senior government service in the years after 9/11 and the anthrax attacks have given him experience and knowledge that bear on so many of the challenges that we now confront in biosecurity. Not only does D.A. deeply understand these issues, but the man knows how to write. D.A.’s wisdom will be especially valuable to the Journal and to this field.”

Dr. Henderson has been a member of the editorial board for Biosecurity and Bioterrorism since its founding. He has served as Associate Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President (1990-1993); Dean of the Faculty of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (1977-1990); and Director of the World Health Organization’s global smallpox eradication campaign (1966-1977).

“D. A. Henderson’s magnificent and universally acknowledged contributions to public health are long standing. His wealth of expertise, which is culled from both scientific endeavor and public policy, will significantly enhance the journal’s urgent imperative to present compelling papers that are essential for members of the professional communities who are charged with biodefense, security and well being for citizens around the globe,” said Mary Ann Liebert, President and CEO of Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

Dr. Henderson has authored more than 200 articles and scientific papers and 31 book chapters and is coauthor of the renowned Smallpox and Its Eradication, the authoritative history of the disease and its ultimate demise. His most recent book, Smallpox: Death of a Disease (Prometheus Books 2009), is a personal account of the challenges, obstacles, and disasters faced by an intrepid international program to achieve global eradication of smallpox.