Mention the word “Ebola” and it brings to mind images of quarantines, fever, and hazmat suits. But how much do we have to worry about a widespread outbreak of the deadly disease? And is there an even greater danger lurking that we’ve caused ourselves through overuse of antibiotics? They’re questions on the minds of many thinking folks, and we’ll get some answers from the experts this month as Texas Public Radio opens a new lunchtime lecture and panel series, “Think Science.”
Join us for two presentations, about the recent Ebola outbreak, and how bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics. The free event takes place at noon on Friday, November 21 at Tripoint (3233 N. St. Mary’s St.) as Dr. Karl Klose and Dr. Anthony Griffiths share their latest research, and explain what it means to the population at large. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for a noon start time. Advance registration for advance reservations has closed for this event. There will be space available at the door.
Hearthstone at Tripoint will be open to order food, drinks, and coffee during the presentation. Advanced ordering of box lunches has ended.
Any additional questions? Call us at 1-800-622-8977.
About the presentations:
Anthony Griffiths’ group works on Ebola virus in the Texas Biomedical Research Institute BSL-4 (maximum containment) laboratory. Funded by DoD and NIH, they study virus pathogenesis, evolution, detection, and perform advanced development of vaccines and therapeutics. His presentation will discuss the differences between the development of vaccines and therapies against Ebola virus versus other viruses.
Dr. Karl Klose's research and presentation focuses on antibiotics, miracle drugs that have saved millions of lives from bacterial infections. But bacteria have become increasingly resistant to antibiotics, which means we are now running out of drugs to treat common infections. Understanding how bacteria cause disease, how antibiotics work, and how bacteria become resistant to these drugs is critical in the fight against infectious diseases. If the fight against bacterial infections is viewed as a war against an ever-changing foe, the best strategy is to constantly develop new “weapons.” Robust and innovative research to discover new antibiotics, in addition to careful use of existing antibiotics, will help us maintain the upper hand in the fight against microbes.
Reserve your space at this link.
“Think Science” is made possible by The University of Texas at San Antonio.