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The Honorable Robert Redfield, M.D.

Virologist and Infectious Disease Physician; Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2018-2021); Administrator, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (2018-2021); Retired Army Colonel

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Robert Redfield, M.D. is an American virologist and physician who has been on the cutting edge of some of the most significant scientific medical discoveries of modern history. He is widely respected for his central role in the establishment of the HIV/AIDS clinical research vaccine and subsequent development programs for therapeutic and preventative use.

Dr. Redfield approaches his work faithfully and with fervent dedication to researching the body’s immune system and biological pathways to prevent and heal disease.

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Dr. Robert R. Redfield is an American virologist and infectious disease physician who most recently served as Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, advising the nation during one of the most tumultuous and fast-paced scientific discovery environments of our time, the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dr. Redfield has experienced three vastly unique, surprising, and scientifically complex global epidemics during his career: Ebola, HIV/AIDS, and COVID-19. As such, he holds the unique perspective of someone who has played a significant role in finding, studying, and publishing some of the most important scientific discoveries and medical advancements in modern history. Redfield is passionate about teaching the body to heal itself resulting in self-limited chronic viruses.

While Director of CDC, Redfield’s accomplishments included advancing the presidential initiative to end HIV transmission by 2030, successfully responding to three Ebola epidemics, developing a new program to confront the nation’s expanding drug use disorder, identifying and responding to Acute Flaccid Myelitis, developing programs to address growing nicotine addiction in children and adolescents, and of course leading CDC’s COVID-19 response.

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Renowned virologist Dr. Redfield lends his experience as a career Army physician and one of the military’s chief AIDS researchers to this powerful speech describing the characteristics of the HIV/AIDS virus and the scientific research leading to a cure. Dr. Redfield brought the initial initiative for treatment and prevention to President George W. Bush while serving as a member of the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS from 2005 to 2009, armed with the knowledge and belief that future transmission of the virus could be controlled and eliminated with the necessary commitment of efforts and resources. In this presentation, Dr. Redfield illustrates and exemplifies the ways forward-thinking leadership with science-based knowledge can change the world.

Dr. Redfield has uniquely experienced three surprising and scientifically complex global epidemics during his career: Ebola, HIV/AIDS, and COVID-19. As an esteemed virologist and former Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Redfield shares his unique perspective through the lens of someone who has played a significant role in finding, studying, and publishing the many scientific discoveries and medical advancements that have come about during his career. In this dynamic speech, Dr. Redfield shares his passions for teaching the body to heal itself resulting in self-limited chronic viruses. Antibiotic resistance and development of antigens are also discussed, in addition to the psyche behind the public dilemma of vaccine-hesitation versus confidence.

Dr. Redfield addresses the future of global health security in this thought-provoking speech. It’s no secret to the U.S. public that the nation’s response to the Covid-19 global pandemic had both successes and major flaws. Dr. Redfield recounts from his experience directing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate the topics of domestic preparedness and public health. Specifically, Dr. Redfield talks about how and why the nation was underprepared to control Coronavirus, including surprising and little-known intricacies of the problem. In this presentation, Redfield also shares his predictions for the future of public safety and the means by which we will all need to adapt.

Politics, Science, and Ethics: A Conversation With Joe Grogan and Dr. Robert Redfield 

Few debates have roiled Washington, D.C. more in recent years than arguments about the role of politics in scientific pursuit and communication. Recent revelations about human genetics experiments and Gain-of-Function research paid for with U.S. taxpayer dollars and occurring all over the world have cracked open deep questions about the ethics of some scientific pursuits. How should scientists consider ethics and morality in what they choose to pursue? How should Congress and policy makers set scientific priorities about what should be funded? Should all scientific knowledge be published for public consumption or is it sometimes appropriate to conceal knowledge for the public good?

In this discussion, Joe Grogan sits down with Robert Redfield to discuss Dr. Redfield’s former research efforts as an active-duty US Army officer, co-founding the University of Maryland Institute of Human Virology, and his experience as Director of CDC. They discuss how Congress funds health research, how the executive branch sets research priority, and why both policymakers and the public need to debate and scrutinize these efforts more closely.

“I didn’t understand drug use disorder until it entered my immediate family.” –Dr. Robert Redfield

In this moving and informative presentation, Dr. Redfield uses personal anecdotes to illustrate the harms of stigma towards drug use disorders on society, while sharing his uplifting knowledge of the science that will make a cure possible in the near future. Dr. Redfield addresses how the effect of silence as a component to drug use disorder stigma has a great effect on public health as a whole, affecting our capacity to effectively communicate and educate. Redfield assures audiences that with science, there will be a cure.


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