This lecture is aimed at encouraging a reflection on the future of infectious diseases, thus on adaptation of control strategies, with the firm conviction that the drivers of this evolution are already there. Hence the issue is more “watch and think” than “speculate and possibly fail”. The lecture will cover the essential drivers of infectious emergences in their biological, anthropological and ecological dimensions. In addition, the antibiotic resistance crisis and current vaccine hesitancy are other parameters that do threaten the model of infectious diseases control inherited from the XXth century.
Bio of the speaker:
Dr Philippe Sansonetti is professor and head of the Unité de Pathogénie Microbienne Moléculaire at the Pasteur Institute of Paris and chair of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at the Collège de France. Professor Sansonetti qualified in medicine from the University of Paris in 1979. Following clinical work in France, he established his research career at Institut Pasteur in cellular microbiology and the pathogenesis of enteric infections, particularly Shigella, including vaccine development, and more recently the molecular cross-- talks between microbiota and gut epithelium. He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the Louis Jeantet Prize and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scholarship. He was awarded two successive ERC grants. He is currently Chief Editor of EMBO Molecular Medicine. Member of the French Academy of Science, US National Academy of Science and the Royal Society.
Offsite participants, please click this link to view the presentation live on Nov 13th. For those attending in person, please bring your own cup and enjoy a coffee or tea!