The next pandemic is inevitable.

It could be the result of a known infectious disease like Ebola, Lassa or SARS, or some new pathogen which emerges quickly and spills into the human population. The World Health Organisation (WHO) refers to these currently unknown pathogens as 'Disease X'.

Vaccines can take years to develop and must go through numerous phases of research and clinical testing. However, a new Australian rapid response vaccine pipeline could produce hundreds of thousands of vaccine doses ready for testing within 16 weeks from pathogen identification.

Join us to hear about 'good' and 'bad' viruses, and how UQ scientists are working to prevent and contain known, and unknown, emerging infectious disease outbreaks.

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Recording of "Pathogens, Pandemics and Preparing for Disease X" talk (YouTube, 1hr 5m)

Meet the presenter:

Professor Paul YoungProfessor Paul Young is a Professor of Virology and Head of the School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences at The University of Queensland. He and his group have been studying viruses and the diseases they cause for more than 40 years. His group’s main interests are in understanding the way in which viruses cause disease and in developing strategies to diagnose and control them, through both therapeutic and vaccine approaches.

Professor Young and his team have partnered with the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI). CEPI was developed after the 2015-16 Ebola outbreak, when the WHO called for a more proactive response to these future emerging threats. It’s goal is to finance and coordinate the development of both new vaccines and rapid response vaccine platform technologies.

About BrisScience

BrisScience is a monthly lecture series that brings science out of the labs and to the people, making it accessible to all – from scientists, to scientists-at-heart.

Run by The University of Queensland, BrisScience has been delivering engaging lectures on diverse topics from local and international scientists for over a decade.

BrisScience speakers are leaders in their given fields and deliver dynamic presentations based on cutting-edge research.

The University of Queensland has been running BrisScience since 2005, bringing the best and brightest scientific minds to the people of Brisbane – from early career researchers to Nobel Laureates!

Time6:30pm to 7:30pm (light refreshments 7:30-8pm)
VenueThe Edge, State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Bank
CostFree - Eventbrite ticket required


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