Mon 26 Jun
CAFE SCI: “THE THREAT OF ANIMAL DISEASE TO HUMANS"
19:30 to 21:00
The Tea Bar, 19 London Street, Basingstoke RG21 7NT
Postcode/Map Ref: RG21 7NT
Why not come along and find out what can be done to protect against the spread of disease from farm animals to humans at tonight's talk by Rebecca Philp from The Pirbright Institute on “The threat of agricultural disease: transmission to humans and entry into the UK”.
The Tea Bar will be open from 7:00pm so you can get yourself a drink and have a chat with other participants. The talk starts at 7.30pm.
Entry is free and open to everyone, but we do encourage you to buy a drinks, tea, coffee and cakes from the bar to show your support for the The Tea Bar who sponsor the meeting by providing the venue.
Outbreaks of diseases such as influenza and tuberculosis are a constant issue in the UK but diseases such as Foot and mouth disease and African swine fever (which has zoonotic potential) are becoming more of a risk to the UK and Europe.
Rebecca will examine the drivers of infectious disease and explains their threat to Europe with climate change, antibiotic use and migration helping their spread.
Rebecca Philp graduated from the University of Exeter with a 1st in Biological and Medicinal Chemistry in 2013. She is now carrying out a PhD in the Immunogenetics Group, registered at the University of Glasgow, studying the antibody response of cattle and buffalo to foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV). FMDV is the most infectious disease agent known and affects all non-avian livestock species. Consequently it is the most economically important veterinary pathogen globally.
Protection against FMDV is predominantly mediated by antibodies but cattle and buffalo are differentially susceptible to disease. Buffalo are resistant to the development of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and are maintenance hosts causing infection in cattle, of which there is 100% morbidity and variable mortality.
During her PhD project Rebecca is studying the genetics underlying the antibody repertoire between cattle and buffalo and examining how this influences the antibody repertoire after FMDV infection and vaccination.
The format of the evening is usually a talk of 30 to 40 minutes, followed by a short break so the audience can refill their cups and glasses, before questions and discussions about the talk.
The discussions will aim to finish around 9.00pm, though everyone will be welcome to stay around and have a chat with the speaker afterwards ... and indulge in more of the Tea Bar's delicious cakes.
About Cafe Scientifique
Cafe Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore and debate the latest ideas in science and technology.
Basingstoke Cafe Scientifique is the Science and Technology subsidiary of the Active Hampshire Social Group based in Basingstoke.
Host: Bob Clifford, Organiser for Basingstoke Cafe Scientifique
Organiser: Private to members of Active Hampshire
How to find us: We have exclusive use of the Tea Bar this evening