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Thursday, 15 September 2016, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Barnard's Inn Hall

The Zika Virus, Dengue and the Yellow Fever Mosquito

Professor Francis Cox DSc, Professor Chris Whitty


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The Zika virus originated in Africa and causes a febrile illness but was little known until it spread within Brazil in 2014. It is now found from Mexico to Paraguay as well as in other parts of the world and has been linked to serious birth defects. The disease shows no signs of abating. There are no drugs or no vaccine, so the method of control is to attack the mosquito. This lecture will discuss the virus and its epidemiology and compare it with the dengue fever virus about which much more is known. What makes the mosquito (Aedes aegypti) a superefficient transmitter of viruses? and how it might be controlled by the use of genetically modified mosquitoes? The lecture will also discuss the ‘nightmare scenario’ of the increased range of the mosquito as a result of climate change. 


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Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture.
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Emeritus Gresham Professor of Physic and former Acting Provost at Gresham College, Professor Francis Cox graduated in Zoology with Parasitology as his Special Subject at the University of Exeter. After postgraduate training at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine he joined King's College London where he worked until 1997 as Professor of Zoology and Professor of Parasite Immunology. He also served as Dean of Science in the University of London.
He was appointed Professor of Physic at Gresham College in 1992 and later became Acting Provost of the College of which he is now a Fellow.
He has served on various WHO and other international and national expert committees and has held visiting professorships at UK and overseas universities. He has been Editor of Trends in Parasitology,  Parasitology and the Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and served on several editorial boards. He is a member of the Open University's Research Degrees Management Group and his current interests are in the history of tropical medicine and parasitology.

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Christopher Whitty CB FRCP FMedSci is Gresham Professor of Physic (the term for medicine when the post was created in 1597) at Gresham College, Professor of Public and International Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Consultant Physician at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) and the Hospital for Tropical Diseases.

Professor Whitty is also Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Health and Social Care and head of the National Institute for Medical Research (NIHR). He is involved in many day-to-day public health decisions for the UK, especially for infectious diseases and emergencies.

He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He was interim Government Chief Scientific Adviser and Head of the Science and Engineering Profession and was previously Chief Scientific Adviser at the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

Professor Whitty has worked as a clinician and in public health research in the UK, Africa and Asia. He undertook his postgraduate training in epidemiology, economics and medical law.

A multidisciplinary research scientist, he is current in many areas of science and has an international reputation. Professor Whitty’s work spans the breadth of medicine, while his research has mainly focused on infectious disease and diseases of poverty in the UK, Africa and Asia. Infectious diseases are the theme for his first series of lectures as Gresham Professor of Physic.

Current Gresham Professor of Medical science

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15 September 2016

The Zika Virus, Dengue and the Yellow Fever Mosquito
Professor Francis Cox DSc
Professor Chris Whitty

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