Jim Le Duc, Ph.D. is the director of the Galveston National Laboratory and a Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. As Medical Officer in charge of arboviruses and viral hemorrhagic fevers at the World Health Organization (1992-1996), he was the architect of the WHO program to address emerging infectious diseases and began the process to revise the International Health Regulations. He a recognized expert in infectious diseases, biodefense and global health.
“What you and your tems of professors led by the Burch University dean and my colleague, Prof. Dr. Mirsada Hukic, is really very praiseworthy and worthy of every attention. You really provide the best for your students and your country. What I see is that you are preparing a new generation of scientists for the world that will be extremely demanding. Your team of professors give students the perfect examples from practice and transfer real knowledge to them, and thus really prepare their way to a global society, which is wonderful and I can only thank you for that” said Prof. Le Duc.
Asked about the global situation, bioterrorist threats and the ever-increasing threat of chemical and biological weapons, Professor Le Duc added:
“There are no organisms or viruses that are more important than others; they are all equally important, only some are more dangerous than others. However, what you need to tell your students is to learn more intensively about the world in which they live, about the world they are in. They must know that the danger in one part of the world can produce a global threat. They must know that the world is really a very small place. People are on the move every day and no one is sure about whether a health crisis is happening in Asia or here in Sarajevo. That’s why I repeat that the global perspective of the world is really important, but just because you have a respectable International University here, like Burch can really help you with such researches”.
Professor Le Duc had the opportunity to visit the laboratories at Burch University and he was very impressed with what he saw.