Challenging Times

Series Name Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society
Speaker Professor Andrew J Pollard FIDSA FHEA FMedSci
Type Lectures & Talks
When 21 Jan 2019, 07:30PM - 08:30PM
Venue New Walk Museum
Open To Public
Ticket Price Visitors welcome £5, students £1.
For Bookings Contact Booking is not required.

Professor Andrew Pollard is a descendant of Dr George Shaw, one of the founders of the LL&PS in 1835. He is Professor of Paediatric Infection and Immunity at the University of Oxford and will talk about the problems of Typhoid and the Salmonella bacteria that cause the disease which can be fatal in parts of the world where the population has access to poor water quality and sanitation. The bacteria carry genes which make it resistant to antibiotics and their recent spread has made the disease almost untreatable. Although typhoid has essentially disappeared from Europe and North America through building mains water supplies, these engineering works which are important to eradicating the disease are slow to construct in the poorer regions of the world. However, there are now possible new vaccines that could control the disease and stem the antibiotic resistant infection.
Professor Pollard obtained his medical degree at St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical School, University of London in 1989 and trained in Paediatrics at Birmingham Children's Hospital specialising in Paediatric Infectious diseases at St Mary's Hospital, London.
He obtained his PhD at St Mary's Hospital in 1999 studying immunity to Neisseria meningitidis in children. his research now includes the design, development and clinical evaluation of vaccines including those for meningococcal disease and enteric fever. He leads a project on transmission of typhoid in Nepal, Bangladesh and Malawi, and co-leads typhoid vaccine impact studies at these sites.
This lecture is sponsored by the British Science Association.

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