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“From Hendra to Wuhan: emerging zoonotic viruses of bat origin in a quarter of century”

Neuroscience & Non-Communicable Diseases WEBINAR

Speaker: Prof Linfa Wang is the director of the Programme in Emerging Infectious Diseases at Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore.

The Year of Rat is unfortunately dominated by bats due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and the highly likely bat origin of SARS-CoV-2.  In this presentation, I will discuss what we know and what we don’t know about the virus and the role of bats and other animals in the emergence of this and other related zoonotic viruses.  The role of serology in zoonotic disease investigation will also be discussed. I will finish the talk by discussing lessons we learned from this and other emerging zoonotic viral disease outbreaks.

BIO

Prof Linfa Wang is the director of the Programme in Emerging Infectious Diseases at Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore. He is an international leader in the field of emerging zoonotic viruses and virus-host interaction. His current research focuses on why bats are such an important reservoir for emerging viruses and on how we can learn from bats to make us more resilience to infection and diseases in general. He is a member of the WHO SARS Scientific Research Advisory Committee and played a key role in identification of bats as the natural host of SARS-like viruses. Currently, he is serving on multiple WHO committees for COVID-19, including the WHO IHR Emergency Committee. Prof Wang has more than 400 scientific publications, including papers in Science, Nature and Lancet. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief for the open access Virology Journal. In 2010, Prof Wang was elected to the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

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Enquiries: Lindsay Wu  lindsay.wu@unsw.edu.au,    Vita Birzniece  v.birzniece@unsw.edu.au

Event Date: 
Friday, 21 August 2020 - 3:00pm
Location: 
Online webinar
Open to: 
All
Event Type: 
Seminar
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