Viruses, pandemics, and immunity

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Tuesday 16 February

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London
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Event description

COVID-19 is a reminder that disease pandemics are one of the greatest existential threats to humanity. And we know the current pandemic won't be the last.

In this talk, immunology experts Arup K. Chakraborty and Andrey S. Shaw will explore how viruses emerge to cause pandemics, how our immune system combats them, and how diagnostic tests, vaccines, and antiviral therapies work — concepts that provide the foundation for our public health policies.

Their new book, Viruses, Pandemics and Immunity, is released in February 2021 by MIT Press.

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About the speakers

Arup K. Chakraborty is Robert T. Haslam Professor of Chemical Engineering and Professor of Physics and Chemistry at MIT, where he also served as the Founding Director of the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science. He is a founding member of the Ragon Institute.

Andrey S. Shaw is Staff Scientist in Immunology and Oncology at Genentech and holds adjunct professorships at Washington University in St. Louis and at the University of California, San Francisco.

Timing

The live stream will go live at 6.55pm, and the introduction will begin at 7.00pm. If you miss the live stream, it will be available to watch on YouTube via the same link for a minimum of a week.

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