by Jon Cohen on 6 September 2011, 6:33 PM

Join us Thursday, 8 September, at a special time—2 p.m. EDT, for a chat with journalist and author Laurie Garrett, who has covered infectious diseases for more than 30 years, and W. Ian Lipkin, a neurologist at Columbia University who has helped identify several new infectious agents. Both Garrett and Lipkin consulted with the makers of the new Steven Soderbergh film Contagion, which opens nationwide this week and attempts to accurately portray the scientific and public health response to an outbreak of a new virus. You can leave your questions in the comment box below before the chat starts.