Sunetra Gupta

Wednesday, March 21 2018 at 8:00PM

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The Old St John's Church (Cafe Space)
Desborough Road
High Wycombe
HP11 2PU

Sunetra Gupta

What's the talk about?

 Join us for this free talk, a collection will be taken during the evening to cover costs, and drinks are available at the cash bar (which includes local Rebellion Beer). everyone is welcome, whatever your views!

Why do we have vaccines against some diseases but not against others? To understand this, it’s useful to conceptualise an infectious agent as being in possession of their very own wardrobe, from which they are obliged to select an outfit in order to be competent at infecting and surviving within us. What these garments represent are the fragments of the pathogen that our immune systems recognise and some pathogens like the influenza virus have a diverse wardrobe while other like measles have a very limited wardrobe. This is why the current vaccine we have for influenza appears to require updating every few years as the virus adopts new disguises to re-infiltrate its host population, whereas a single measles vaccine can protect you for life. But just how diverse is the wardrobe of the influenza virus? Are we really running an endless race to catch up with its wardrobe changes? How can we find ways to outwit it and other pathogens like the HIV virus and the malaria parasite which have extensive wardrobes at their disposal?

Sunetra Gupta is Professor of Theoretical Epidemiology in the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford, she has been awarded the Scientific Medal by the Zoological Society of London and also the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award for her research. She is also the author of several novels, and a translator of poetry.

Who are we?

Skeptics in the Pub is a place for inquisitive people of all ages to meet and converse in the High Wycombe area.

Skeptics are people who yearn to discover the truth behind extraordinary claims that people or groups may make, this can be in areas of alternative therapies, the paranormal, religion and faith, the afterlife and many other areas of life. We we often end up talking about superstition, science, religious fundamentalism, health, censorship and conspiracy theory

We make no claims to balance, and actively promote science, freedom of expression and secular humanism..

You are welcome to come along and just sit and listen to others, or if you are braver get stuck right in with conversation and views!

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