Ebola worries make for timely arrival of award-winning disease expert

New Zealand’s leading infectious disease epidemiologist, Michael Baker, has taken up his post as a NZ-UK Link Foundation Visiting Professor, based at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study (SAS) for 12 weeks from 20 April.

As Professor of Public Health at the University of Otago, NZ, Michael Baker will give a series of free public talks outlining the way pandemic infections continue to affect modern societies and emphasizing the importance of providing effective science-based responses to these ongoing emergencies.  The lectures will draw on lessons learned from previous pandemics, consider why infectious diseases are closely linked to poverty, question whether pandemic diseases can be stopped at borders, and look at the importance of effective surveillance to support early detection and control.

Professor Michael Baker is a public health physician and professor at the University of Otago, NZ. He is co-director for He Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme, director of the Health, Environment and Infection Research Unit and of Continuing Professional Development for the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine.

The lecture programme is:

13 May 2015, 5.30-8.00 pm
Pandemics: can we learn the lessons of history?
Location: Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ

4 June 2015, 12.00 noon – 3.00 p,
Infectious diseases and pandemics: why are they linked to poverty?
The Wellcome Trust, Gibbs Building, 215 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE

2 July 2015, 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Early detection of emerging infectious diseases: can we do better?

15 July 2015, arrive 6.00, 8.30 start
Stopping pandemic diseases at the border: can it be done?
City of London, Guildhall, Gresham Street, London EC2V 7HH