Can 21st century intelligence finally tame age-old enemies?
From the bubonic plague to malaria and swine flu, infectious diseases that spread through communities and across borders have significantly shaped human history. Today, a new strain of influenza could spread even more rapidly than in 1918 when millions died worldwide. Alarmingly, despite modern medical and communication advances, disease epidemics and pandemics can still wreak havoc as a global public health issue in both scale and impact.
Our panel of experts will discuss significant disease outbreaks, how they affect populations and the most likely 21st century disease threats. What is science doing to improve prevention, prediction and response strategies?
PANDEMICS & EPIDEMICS: Preparing for the Ultimate Travel Bug is presented in conjunction with Academic Partner Griffith University.
Norman Swan hosts The Health Report on ABC’s Radio National, and Tonic on ABC News24TV. The Health Report is the world’s longest running health programme in the English speaking world....View Profile
Peta-Anne Zimmerman is an internationally respected clinician and has wide experience as an expert consultant including with the World Health Organization (WHO), AusAID, the Asian Development Bank, the Secretariat of...View Profile
Kathy Andrews is a Professor and Acting Director of the Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery, Griffith University. Her work focuses on the discovery of new drugs to prevent and treat...View Profile
Jonathan Epstein is a veterinarian and epidemiologist serving as Vice President for Science and Outreach at EcoHealth Alliance, a New York-based NGO committed to pandemic prevention. His research focuses on...View Profile
Raina MacIntyre is an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow and Professor of Global Biosecurity at the Kirby Institute, UNSW. She heads the Biosecurity Program, which conducts research in epidemics, pandemics, vaccinology,...View Profile
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