As we have learned in the last 12 months, one of the greatest threats to human health is the uncontrolled spread of a highly infectious disease. With people traveling more frequently and greater distances, living in more populated areas, and ever-increasing development encroaching upon wildlife, the potential for emerging infectious disease to spread rapidly and cause pandemics is of great concern. Being able to readily identify and respond to emerging infectious disease is of utmost importance for protecting human health. Colorado State University is fortunate to have many top infectious disease researchers on campus. Our panel members will discuss their work identifying emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases globally, and trying to mitigate the impact to human health and society.