Wednesday 13th May – 17:30 – 20:00.
Lecture and Drinks Reception.
Chair: Professor John Oxford, Queen Mary University of London
Respondent: Dr John McCauley, Director, WHO Influenza Centre, National Institute for Medical
Q&A Panel: Dr Jennifer Summers, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, King’s College London
Human history has been shaped, and continues to be shaped, by infectious diseases and pandemics. This presentation will draw on research about factors that affected pandemic influenza mortality in the NZ armed forces and in isolated Pacific Islands. It will then review lessons from more modern epidemics, including polio, HIV/AIDS, SARS, and Ebola. The 1918 influenza pandemic killed more people than the entire First World War. How will we commemorate this anniversary in three years’ time? This lecture will make a plea for us to build on these lessons of history so we are better prepared for the inevitable epidemics and pandemics of the future.
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