'Health research in the context of rapidly emerging public health threats'

'Health research in the context of rapidly emerging public health threats'

Series Name Frank May Clinical Sciences Lecture - CMBSP
Speaker Dr Jeremy Farrar, Director of the Wellcome Trust
Type Arts & Entertainment
Starts at Nov 18, 2015 05:30 PM
Ends at Nov 18, 2015 06:30 PM
Venue Frank and Katherine May Lecture Theatre, Henry Wellcome Building
Open To Public
Ticket Price Free
For Bookings Contact Spaces are limited - book via Mrs Vickie Boulter on 0116 2522962 or vjb21@le.ac.uk

A key lesson from a series of epidemics of regional and global public health importance over the last decade has been that mounting critical health research in the context of the epidemic is extremely challenging and invariably delayed. The research response has been cumbersome and slow despite years of preparations for a potentially devastating influenza pandemic of avian origin or the next SARS-like outbreak. The failure to have coordinated, comparable data on public health interventions, clinical management and pathogenesis during epidemics means that we miss opportunities to define optimal interventions, treatment and vaccines and hence save lives. Indeed this has been a problem in all epidemics over the last fifteen years (Nipah, SARS, H5N1, Ebola, MERSCoV). This has highlighted that unless we change our approach to research the next epidemic will result in a similar missed opportunity with potentially devastating consequences. This is extremely challenging and will be very difficult to achieve, but we do need a new paradigm for research in the context of rapidly emerging public health threats and one appropriate to the sorts of challenges we will face in the 21st Century.