Honors Presents Lecture Series: Dr. Raina Plowright - "Studying the Origins of Pandemic Diseases"
- Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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**In order to receive HONR 201 credit, you must click on the link posted in the Webex chat at the end of presentation.**
Dr. Plowright investigates the dynamics of disease systems that connect human and animal populations. She is trained as an infectious disease ecologist, epidemiologist, and wildlife veterinarian. Her research focuses on the dynamics of zoonotic pathogens in wildlife populations, the transmission of pathogens across species barriers, and links between environmental stressors and pathogen emergence. Her group focuses on WHO priority pathogens that are emerging from bats into humans, including henipaviruses and coronaviruses, as well as other wildlife-pathogen systems that have human health and conservation implications. Dr. Plowright leads a collaboration of > 70 scientists (www.batonehealth.org), funded by NSF and DARPA, working to prevent pathogen transmission from bats to humans. This group, spread across five continents, has ongoing field studies in Australia, Bangladesh, Madagascar, and Ghana.
Most new pathogens in humans originally come from animals. Join Dr. Plowright and students to learn about their work on the ecological, epidemiological, and biological determinants of pathogen spillover. They offer a unique focus on understanding the root causes of spillover so they can stop it from happening in the first place.
- Honors Presents Lecture Series