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Emerging Infections - What can we learn from COVID-19?

| Press Release

Panel discussion, August 23, 2021 from 7:00-21:00 p.m.
Baseler Hof, Gartensaal, Esplanade 15, 20354 Hamburg, Germany.

In recent years, novel infectious diseases (emerging infections) have repeatedly emerged, some of them spreading rapidly. Covid-19 is the most recent of these - and hardly the last. There are probably more than 1.6 million unknown virus species in mammalian and avian populations alone - 700,000 of which have the potential to infect humans. That's the estimate of the Global Virome Project. And the World Economic Forum warned even before the Corona pandemic that emerging infections threaten not only our health but also the global economy.

Who are these pathogens? What is their fine structure? How do they manipulate human cells? What do researchers know about them? Can this knowledge improve existing therapies? Does it provide ideas for new therapy and drug development? How can the emergence of new infectious diseases be prevented? What role do climate change, loss of biodiversity, and our lifestyles play?


Panel Members:

Prof. Dr. Nicole Fischer
Virologist, Infectiologist University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, UKE

Dr. Christian Löw
Biochemist, Centre for Structural Systems Biology, CSSB| European Molecular Biology Laboratory, EMBL

Prof. Dr. Thomas Mettenleitner
Biologist, Virologist Friedrich-Löffler-Institute, FLI| Member Academy of Sciences in Hamburg, AdWHH

Prof. Dr. Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit
Virologist, Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine, BNITM

at the invitation of the Academy of Sciences in Hamburg (AdWHH) and the Centre for Structural Systems Biology (CSSB) on August 23 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Baseler Hof, Gartensaal, Esplanadae 15, 20354 Hamburg. The event will be webcast at https://www.youtube.com/user/awhamburg/videos. Moderated by Angela Grosse, science journalist.

Emerging Infections - What does COVID-19 teach us?
Monday, August 23, 2021