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Open lecture | Towards a world free from the threat of emerging infectious diseases

This event celebrates the official opening of the 2017 Public Health Summer School and includes the first in our series of four FREE evening lectures held in association with this popular event.

'Towards a world free from the threat of emerging infectious diseases' will be presented by Professor David Heymann from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom. 


Recent high profile infectious disease outbreaks such as SARS and Ebola have resulted in recommendations for costly global mechanisms to detect and respond. However, the most cost-effective approach to save lives and protect economies would be a shift from this paradigm to prevention of emerging infections at the source. Successful examples of attempts to make this paradigm shift will be presented. Global initiatives that support this shift will also be discussed.

Speaker | Professor David Heymann

Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; head of the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House, London; and chairman of Public Health England, UK. Previously he was the World Health Organization's assistant director-general for Health Security and Environment. Prof. Heymann has taken a leading role in responses to major global infectious disease outbreaks, including the first recognised Ebola outbreak in 1976 and the SARS epidemic in 2003. He is editor of the 18th through 20th editions of Control of Communicable Diseases Manual.

ALL WELCOME: Refreshments to follow

To view details of all four Evening public lectures view Evening lecture series or view the flyer

To view more information on the Summer School courses view Public Health Summer School. There's still time to register for the 30 courses on offer

Date Tuesday, 7 February 2017
Time 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Audience Public
Event Category Health Sciences
DepartmentPublic Health
LocationUniversity of Otago, Wellington | 23a Mein Street, Newtown | Level D

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