How Are We Still Alive? | Best of Bristol

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How Are We Still Alive? | Best of Bristol

Presented by Dr Tristan Cogan

  • Senior Lecturer in Infectious Diseases
  • Research by my group examines the interaction of bacteria and host, and how bacteria can alter, and adapt to, the phenotype of their host.
  • The aim of this work is to develop novel intervention strategies based on these interactions.

 

Ebola, swine flu, plague - infectious diseases are constantly making the jump from animals into humans.

 

Every outbreak of a new disease prompts dire warnings of a coming pandemic of disease, but despite this humanity seems to ride out every crisis and eventually wins the battle. Why do bacteria and viruses that run rampant through the population when they first emerge seem to eventually settle down into a comfortable middle age, and how do bacterial evolution and human behaviour interact to stop the apocalypse coming? Have we just been lucky so far?

Venue/Timing

Venue: Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building

Type Special events

Start Date Tuesday 28-03-2017 - 13:00

End Date Tuesday 28-03-2017 - 14:00

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bristolsu-events@bristol.ac.uk

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