100 years after the Spanish Flu: Are we ready for the next pandemic?
On the 100th anniversary of the deadly Spanish flu, Professor Peter Piot will discuss the ever-present risk of another global pandemic in our increasingly interconnected world. By illustrating the complex challenges facing health —from climate change, to ‘fake news’ and distrust of science, to the growing incidence of chronic conditions and comorbidities— he will focus on the need for innovative, multisectoral responses.
Professor Piot will comment on the shortcomings of the global response to the West African Ebola outbreak and describe some of the innovative funding mechanisms that have since been developed. Drawing on his experience combatting HIV/AIDS, he will highlight the need to focus on prevention and preparedness for future health threats in order to mitigate their human, social, and economic costs.
Peter Piot MD PhD is the Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and the Handa Professor of Global Health. He was the founding Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations (1995-2008).
A clinician and microbiologist by training, he co-discovered the Ebola virus in Zaire in 1976, and subsequently led pioneering research on HIV/AIDS, women’s health and infectious diseases in Africa. He has held academic positions at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp; the University of Nairobi; the University of Washington, Seattle; Imperial College London, and the College de France, Paris, and was a Senior Fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He is a member of the US National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Medicine of France, and the Royal Academy of Medicine of his native Belgium, and is a fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences and the Royal College of Physicians.
He is a past president of the International AIDS Society and of the King Baudouin Foundation. In 1995 he was made a baron by King Albert II of Belgium, and in 2016 was awarded an honorary knighthood KCMG.
Professor Piot has received numerous awards for his research and service, including the Canada Gairdner Global Health Award (2015), the Robert Koch Gold Medal (2015), the Prince Mahidol Award for Public Health (2014), and the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize for Medical Research (2013), the F.Calderone Medal (2003), and was named a 2014 TIME Person of the Year (The Ebola Fighters). He has published over 580 scientific articles and 16 books, including his memoir, No Time to Lose.
There will be a drinks reception to follow in James MacKay Hall.
This event is FREE, Booking is required HERE.