Public Lecture: Influenza

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Date(s) - 15/02/2018
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Physics Building (lecture theatre B1)


Join us for the Next public lecture with Dr Louise Lansbury. Free and open to all this event is also part of the Nottingham Festival of Science and Curiosity.

“Influenza: a Century of Challenges from an Ever-evolving Enemy”

Influenza is a disease that has affected humans for centuries yet despite advances in our knowledge of the virus over the last century it remains a major global threat today. This talk will examine the relationship between seasonal and pandemic influenza, how pandemics may arise and their potential impact on society. Particular historical reference will be made to the 1918 ‘Spanish flu’ pandemic, the centenary of which is marked this year, plus subsequent pandemics of influenza up to the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. Current prevention, treatment and public health strategies will be discussed, drawing on specific projects that have been undertaken by the Health Protection and Influenza Research Group, which since 2010 has been a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Pandemic Influenza and Research. Finally, the threat of a future pandemic will be highlighted and aspects of pandemic preparedness, planning and response will be considered.