Tracey McNamara specializes in the recognition and understanding of the diseases of captive and free-ranging wildlife and is best known for her work on West Nile virus. Her role in the discovery of the West Nile virus and is credited as having “served a central role as a unifying force, molding and sometimes forcing interrelationships between local and federal government agencies and private enterprises, enabling progress toward the common goal of monitoring a newly emerging disease in the United States.”
She has consulted to the National Biosurveillance Advisory Subcommittee and continues to be actively involved in the development of biosurveillance strategy in the USA. She served as lead on a project with Russian colleagues on the “Human-Animal Interface” by the Nuclear Threat Initiative’s Global Health and Biosecurity program, she is a founding member of the Global Health Security Alliance (GloHSA) group established by the German government in 2017.
Most recently, she participated in Ending Pandemics “Finding Outbreaks Faster –Metrics for One Health Surveillance” at the Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria and is
now a Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow. She is actively involved in the One Health movement and advocates for a species neutral approach to the detection of pandemic threats.