7.30 pm Tuesday, 16 March: Investigating and understanding emerging infectious disease outbreaks

7.30 pm Tuesday, 16 March, Palmerston North Central Library, George Street, Palmerston North

Investigating and understanding emerging infectious disease outbreaks
Professor David Hayman
Massey University

The emergence of Covid-19 has emphasised our vulnerability to emerging infectious diseases. Most infectious diseases have origins in wildlife; therefore, how people interact with wildlife, both directly and indirectly around the world, impacts the risk of infectious disease emergence. This talk will discuss the many ways in which scientists study the emergence of infectious diseases, and try to understand where, when and why specific infections emerge. Prof Hayman will discuss his recent work that aims to understand viral emergence events, including the origins of Ebola virus disease and Covid-19.

Professor David Hayman is co-director of the Molecular Epidemiology and Public HealthLaboratory (mEpiLab) at Massey University.