Café Scientifique Silicon Valley @ SRI presents “Viral Forecasting for Pandemic Prevention” on Jan.13

by Linda Hubbard on January 8, 2015

Current global disease control efforts focus largely on attempting to stop pandemics after they have already emerged. This fire brigade approach, which generally involves drugs, vaccines, and behavioral change, has severe limitations. Just as we discovered in the 1960s that it is better to prevent heart attacks then try to treat them, over the next 50 years we will realize that it is better to stop pandemics before they spread and that effort should increasingly be focused on viral forecasting and pandemic prevention.

In a talk scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 6:00 pm at SRI in Menlo Park, Dr. Brad Schneider will discuss how novel viruses enter into the human population from animals and go on to become pandemics. He will then discuss attempts by his own research group to study this process and attempt to control viruses that have only recently emerged. By creating a global network at the interface of humans and animals, we are working to move viral forecasting from a theoretical possibility to a reality.

Dr. Schneider is director of Laboratory Sciences for Metabiota, providing oversight, strategic direction, and management of research, surveillance, and response activities in Africa and Asia. With over 15 years of experience in the field, Dr. Schneider has worked with a broad range of pathogens in a diversity of settings, including some of the most logistically challenging regions of the world. He currently manages international laboratory teams comprising expatriates and local nationals engaged in efforts to deploy modern diagnostic capabilities within host country veterinary and public health systems, while fostering biological safety and international cooperative research.

Café Scientifique provides a forum for debating science issues outside a traditional academic context.  There is no admission charge to attend.


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