Battling the Bugs

What’s working and what could be done better to control childhood infectious disease

Despite the advance of modern medicine, infectious diseases remain a leading cause of death worldwide and a serious threat to our children. But the Vaccinology and Immunology Research Trials Unit (VIRTU) and the Children’s Research Centre based at Adelaide’s Women’s and Children’s Hospital are making progress. Led by the University of Adelaide’s Associate Professor Helen Marshall, these teams have been tackling some big questions.

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What can we learn from community response to the 2009 Swine Flu pandemic? What more can we do to prevent infant deaths from our current Whooping Cough epidemic? And how close is a vaccine for Meningococcal B infection, potentially fatal and responsible for 85% of all Meningococcal cases in Australian children?

In this informative presentation Associate Professor Marshall will provide some answers.

About the Speaker

Helen Marshall is Associate Professor in Vaccinology in the University of Adelaide’s School of Paediatrics and Reproductive Health, and leader of the Infectious Diseases program at the Children’s Research Centre. She won the 2010 SA Science Award for Excellence in Research for the Public Good, and has published extensively in international peer-reviewed journals.

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