Human Wellbeing and the Challenges Facing Us

Speaker: Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty

When: 5.30 pm Tuesday, 14 May

Where: Regent Theatre, Palmerston North

Professor Peter Doherty is in New Zealand for Massey University’s celebration of 50 years of veterinary education and research. In this free public lecture, Professor Doherty will traverse the topics of viruses, vaccines, rapid air travel and the greater risk of pandemic infections, the compromise of natural habitats as people grow more food, and what can be done to protect all life forms on our planet.

In 1996, Professor Doherty shared the Nobel Prize in Medicine for discovering how our immune systems distinguish disease-causing microbes and the body cells they invade. The work was the foundation for the modern treatment of disease and the development of vaccines and technologies to enable organ transplants and minimise the spread of today’s ‘flus. Today, his research focuses on the understanding and prevention of influenza virus infection and its severe consequences. He also has research interests in childhood vaccination, global hunger and climate change. Peter has published many books to help people understand these issues, including ‘Pandemics: What everyone needs to know’ and ‘Sentinel Chickens: What Birds Tell Us About Our Health And Our World’.                                                         

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 Professor Doherty will also give lectures in Hawkes Bay (22 May) and Taranaki (23May).

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