Brenda Wilmoth Lerner's award-winning coverage of public health and global issues is respected for its accuracy, objectivity, and passion in articulating contextual cultural and social connections. Her portfolio includes two RUSA Book and Media Awards , and her book, Infectious Diseases in Context (Thomson Gale, 2007), was named an Outstanding Academic Title. A cum laude graduate of Harvard University, she is a member of the Vanderbilt and Harvard Alumni Associations.
A nurse (R.N.) and epidemiology/infection control specialist, Lerner was able to draw on both academic and clinical experience to direct what critics termed "exceptionally fine" and "authoritative" coverage of SARS, H1N1, and other emerging disease outbreaks. In addition to her own writing projects, Brenda continues to serve as an advisor and contributing editor for respected international news and academic resources.
As her professional schedule allows, Lerner continues post-graduate work -- with courses devoted to medical humanities and public health issues -- in Harvard's Department of Continuing Education. In 2008, she completed a 19-leg global circumnavigation with her frequent media partner and LMG cofounder, K. Lee Lerner. She continues to use her clinical training in areas of challenge and need.