Keith Klugman talk, Cape Town – 20 November

Oct 18, 2013 No Comments by

On 20th November, Keith P Klugman, Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Society Fellow and winner of RSSAf’s John Herschel Medal, will present a talk entitled Battles across kingdoms: how bacterial co-infections lead to death from influenza’ at the SA Astronomical Obserrvatory Auditorium in Observatory, Cape Town at 5pm.
Abstract: Respiratory infections are the leading infectious cause of death in humans. While bacteria and viruses belong to different phylogenetic kingdoms there is increasing evidence that they collaborate to perpetuate themselves, often at the expense of their host. While tens of millions died in the 1918 influenza virus pandemic, the evidence is becoming clear that the virus led to severe bacterial infections and that the simultaneous dual insult of the virus with bacteria led to many, perhaps most, of the deaths.

Professor Keith P. Klugman is the Director of Pneumonia at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, WA, USA. He holds an academic appointment as the William H. Foege Chair of Global Health in the Hubert Department of Global Health at Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia, where he is also Professor of Epidemiology and Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases. He is a Visiting Researcher in the Respiratory Diseases Branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. He also holds a Professorship in the Respiratory and Meningeal Pathogens Research Unit of the University of the Witwatersrand, the Medical Research Council, and the National Institute for Communicable Diseases in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Professor Klugman is currently the President of the International Society of Infectious Diseases, Treasurer of the International Symposium of Pneumococci and Pneumococcal Diseases Board and the past Chair of the International Board of the American Society for Microbiology. He has chaired expert committees for the World Health Organization in Geneva and the Wellcome Trust in London. He serves as an editor or member of the editorial board of 12 journals.

Professor Klugman has made significant contributions to our understanding of pneumonia, meningitis, antimicrobial resistance and vaccines for bacterial pathogens, particularly the pneumococcus. He has published more than 500 scientific papers which have been cited more than 20,000 times as recorded by Google Scholar. His current position allows him the opportunity to contribute to the mission of the Gates Foundation to reduce deaths from pneumonia in children, thus allowing them the chance to lead healthy and productive lives.

*Directions to SAAO Auditorium : Coming from the N2, turn off to the M57 – Liesbeek Parkway; turning in the direction of Cape Town and continue to the traffic lights with Hartleyvale (hockey and football) on your left. Turn right at traffic lights into Observatory Road, pass the River Club; the S A Astronomical Observatory is next on the left. Once through the security gates bear left following the SALT signs to the last building on the left (white with stoep & ramp).



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