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Thu, 27 Apr 2017
How to feel safe... or which infectious diseases are really going to kill you

Time: 2.00 PM - 3.00 PM

Venue: Cysteine, Level 7 (30 Biopolis Street, Matrix)

Speaker: Dr. Colin Russell, Royal Society University Research Fellow / Principal Research Associate, Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge


Infectious diseases have the potential to ravage human populations. However, in modern high-income countries, the threat from the majority of diseases that plagued people in recent centuries has been minimised. As a result, emerging infectious diseases have become the new perceived disease threats. This talk will discuss what's really killing us today, the threats posed by high profile emerging infectious diseases, and how anxiety fatigue hinders long term disease control efforts.

About The Speaker
Colin Russell moved to the University of Cambridge in 2002 as a Gates Scholar to pursue a PhD in Zoology. After completing his PhD he remained in Zoology until 2013, first as a Research Associate (2006-2008), then as a Junior Research Fellow of Clare College Cambridge (2008-2009), and transitioning to a group leader as a Royal Society University Research Fellow in 2009. In 2013 he became a group leader in the Department of Veterinary Medicine as a Principal Research Associate (equivalent to Reader) and Royal Society University Research Fellow.

Colin's research focuses on the interface between infectious disease evolution and epidemiology. He is particularly interested in how processes operating at different evolutionary and epidemiological scales act in concert to give rise to patterns in disease population dynamics. The majority of his work focuses on influenza viruses due to the wealth of available data, the breadth of unanswered fundamental questions, and the opportunity for major public health impact. His current work mostly falls into four major areas: 1. The global movement of human seasonal influenza viruses. 2. Mapping heterogeneities in surveillance and cross-species transmission risk. 3. Predictability of virus evolution. 4. Linking within-host and between-host virus dynamics.

In addition to his research Colin is also one of the co-founders and chief scientists of the University of Cambridge WHO Collaborating Centre for Modelling, Evolution and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases. Over the last 10 years he has routinely advised the WHO on influenza vaccine strain selection and pandemic preparedness.

Dr. Sebastian Maurer-Stroh, Senior Principal Investigator / Programme Director Human Infectious Diseases

All Scientific Staff are strongly encouraged to attend.

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