Dr. Keith Kaye, a doctor specializing in infectious diseases, is president of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America and a professor at the University of Michigan Medical School. He wrote an important letter to the editor of the New York Times published yesterday.
I quote from Dr. Kaye’s letter (emphasis mine),
“The shrinking pipeline of young researchers in antimicrobial-resistant and health-care-associated infections is a serious issue when the threats are evolving faster than our solutions. The lack of young investigators and funding is slowing new discoveries and hindering prevention and preparedness. It is critical that we inspire and support young scientists while expanding the pool of funds available to support diverse research that will allow us to remain ahead of the game.”
Completely agree! We need to get young people inspired to join the field of infectious diseases. We need a ‘cultural strategy,’ to quote the work of Prof Douglas Holt.
Hence why I wrote my novel, The Beltline, which is the story of “Dr. Leo Emerson,” an infectious diseases trainee who comes face to face with a deadly superbug.
Contagion meets John Grisham, when a superbug claims Mary Smith’s life. Dr. Leo Emerson makes a vow to find the root cause of her death, that is, until his colleagues accuse him of killing her. What he discovers is far more than he bargained for. The superbug is spreading. Leo’s quest to stop it from killing millions takes him from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters to exile in rural Mozambique then back to the White House for a showdown with an unrelenting government that could result in an apocalypse. Only one man can stop it.