Time: 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, October 3rd
Location: Armenise Amphitheater at Harvard Medical School, 200 Longwood Avenue, Boston (link to directions)
Speakers: Makda Gebre, Austin Manny, and Jason Nomburg
Viral epidemics have killed millions of people over the course of human history. In this talk, we’ll discuss the history of viral epidemics and how we have addressed them over time, focusing on the flu outbreaks of the early and mid 1900s and the emergence and discovery of HIV. We will also discuss more current topics such as the emergence and spread of zika and ebola and the potential for future viral outbreaks. Finally, we will discuss the future of academic and industrial technologies and strategies to combat epidemics, such as new and sophisticated vaccines, gene therapy, and global health responses to combatting emerging viruses.