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Infectious: Pathogens and how we fight them

Join John Tregoning as he tells the story of humanity's fight against infectious disease

Vaccination is just one way we can fight infectious diseases
U.S. Secretary of Defense

Event description

Nature can be deadly. Viruses, bacteria, fungi and protozoa all want to infect your body and don't mind if they kill you so long as you pass on the infection.

Covid-19 may be only the first of many modern pandemics. The subject of infection and how to fight it grows more urgent every day. How do pathogens cause disease? And what tools can we give our bodies to do battle?

In this talk, John Tregoning will uncover fascinating success stories in immunology and virology, telling a hopeful story of ongoing human ingenuity.

Copies of John's book 'Infectious' are available from amazon and all good book shops.

Event type

This is a livestream event where the speaker and audience come together online. 


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About the speaker

John Tregoning is reader in respiratory infections at Imperial College London. His research focuses on how virus and bacteria infect our lungs. He has published over 60 academic papers, collectively cited over 3,500 times. He is also well-established writer on academic careers, regularly writing commissioned articles for Times Higher Education, has a weekly column in Nature and has also published in Science. A recent article was viewed over 100,000 times and was in the top 150 most discussed articles of the year. Dr Tregoning remains at the forefront of infectious diseases research and is based at Imperial College London where he runs a research group. He has presented his work at the Pint of Science festival as well as being invited to speak at conferences and universities both in the UK and overseas. Amongst other outlets, he has been interviewed by the BBC, Bloomberg and The Sunday Telegraph.


The live stream will go live at 6.55pm, and the introduction will begin at 7.00pm. If you register but miss the live stream, the video will be available to you via the same link for up to a week after the event date.

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