ARCHIVED: Dr. W. Ian Lipkin '74 lends healthy dose of reality to upcoming movie Contagion

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Contagion, a new movie from Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh about the outbreak of a deadly virus, received a healthy dose of reality from Dr. W. Ian Lipkin '74, one of the world's foremost molecular neurobiologists and director of the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. As technical adviser to Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns, Dr. Lipkin shared his experiences in managing outbreaks, such as SARS in 2003, and coached the film's actors on the practices and process of scientific research. (Elliott Gould even plays a research scientist named Ian.) The filmmakers and Dr. Lipkin see Contagion as not only an opportunity to entertain, but to educate the public about the challenges posed by infectious diseases in the modern-day, global world. |