BOZEMAN – The public is invited to a free Friday Forum on Dec. 13 to learn about norovirus, the ailment commonly known as the “traveler's dilemma,” in an lunch-hour event sponsored by Wonderlust, a lifelong learning organization affiliated with Montana State University's Extended University.
The forum is free and open to the public. It begins at noon at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2118 S. Third in Bozeman.
The presenters are father and son John and Mark Jutila, immunologists from MSU, who will discuss tales of shipboard epidemics of this scourge and the toll it exacts from those who contract it. They will also discuss the biology of norovirus and the challenges of building a vaccine to protect travelers from this common threat.
The Jutilas are the founders of LigoCyte Pharmaceuticals, which is currently engaged in landmark research on a vaccine for norovirus.
John Jutila, now MSU professor emeritus, holds a doctorate in microbiology, immunology and pathology. At Montana State University, he was a professor of microbiology, dean of the College of Letters and Science and vice president of research. He also developed and organized the Montana component of the highly successful WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho) Regional Medical Education Program, a cooperative pre-med program for students from the northwest.
Mark Jutila is professor of immunology and infectious diseases at MSU and has been head of the departments of Microbiology and Veterinary Science.
As always, attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch. Cookies and coffee will be provided.
For more information on Wonderlust, visit http://eu.montana.edu/Wonderlust.
Contact: Nicole Soll, MSU Extended University Office of Continuing Education, (406) 994-6683, email@example.com.