Exchanges at the Frontier with Jeremy Farrar
Thursday 22 November 2012, 19.30-21.00
Exchanges at the Frontier returns to Wellcome Collection this
autumn for a fourth series in partnership with the BBC World
Service, hosting some of the biggest names in world science.
Jeremy Farrar is at the forefront of the fight
against avian flu. As the Director of the Wellcome Trust Major
Overseas Programme in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, he holds a
position of huge range and responsibility. In 2004 the H5N1
outbreak that started in Vietnam unleashed panic across the globe,
particularly as it followed so closely behind the lethal SARS
epidemic. Since then, in addition to treating patients, Jeremy has
led a collaborative effort to prevent this devastating virus from
reaching pandemic proportions.
Avian flu is not the only challenge facing
South-east Asia – Jeremy and his team also tackle other infectious
diseases such as malaria, typhoid and dengue fever. But the H5N1
outbreak signalled a change in the direction of research, placing
avian flu high up the research agenda. As Jeremy says, "infectious
diseases don’t stand still," and science must be ready to respond
to new challenges.
Vietnam has had a tough history - much of the
20th century was spent fighting both foreign and internal forces -
but the country is now developing rapidly and is a vibrant and
energetic place to be. With that development comes exciting
opportunities but also challenges for biomedical research. Join
Jeremy Farrar in conversation with A C Grayling to learn more about
the joys and trials of working at the forefront of research into
emerging infectious disease in South-east Asia.
An edited recording of this event will be
broadcast in early 2013 on the BBC World Service to a global
audience of 40 million people.
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