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World authority on rabies to deliver public lecture

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Tuesday, 1 November 2016

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Professor Sarah Cleaveland

Professor Sarah Cleaveland, an international expert on rabies, will discuss prospects for the global elimination of the disease during the 2016 McKinlay Oration that bridges the ninth Otago Global Health Institute conference and the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases New Zealand annual scientific meeting.

This free public lecture will take place at 7pm on Thursday 3 November at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, The Octagon, Dunedin. The public lecture coincides with One Health Day which promotes efforts around the world to bring together all human, animal, and environmental health disciplines.

Dr Cleaveland, a Fellow of the Royal Society and member of the US National Academy of Medicine, is Professor of Comparative Epidemiology, Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine, and Associate Academic, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Professor Cleaveland was the first woman to be awarded the British Veterinary Association Trevor Blackburn Award in 2008 in recognition of her work on animal and human infectious diseases in Africa.

She is a founding director of the Alliance for Rabies Control whose mission is to prevent human deaths caused by infection with the rabies virus and reduce the burden of this disease in animals.

Professor Cleaveland will be spending November in New Zealand as a 2016 University of Otago William Evans Visiting Fellow. She works closely with a number of University of Otago and Massey University researchers on infectious diseases at the interface of human, animal, and environmental health in Tanzania and other low-resource settings.

For more information, contact:

Professor John Crump
Centre for International Health
University of Otago
Email: john.crump@otago.ac.nz

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