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Global Health

Situated on the first floor of Warwick Student Union. The venue is wheelchair friendly with lifts, disabled access and restroom and neutral-gender toilet on the same level.
Past event - 2024
15 May Doors 7pm
Event 7:30pm to 9:30pm
The Graduate, Dirty Duck, Main Campus, University of Warwick,
Coventry & Warwickshire CV4 7AL
Imagine an evening where curiosity meets challenge: discover the secrets of health science. We prepared a thrilling exploration into the mystery world of diseases, uncovering how scientists fight against diarrhoea in Pakistan, outwit the elusive sandflies, and track the stealthy herpesviruses that threatens chickens. Please immerse yourself in a seamless journey of talks, quizzes and activities! 

GastroPak: Tracking sources of diarrhoea in Pakistan – Or how to do remote science in a low-middle income country

Kim Summers (Postdoctoral researcher, University of Warwick)
Diarrhoeal disease is a serious health problem in many low- and middle-income countries, resulting in over a million deaths a year. It causes long-term health impacts in the most vulnerable. GastroPak uses social science, epidemiology, soil science and microbiology to track sources of disease in Pakistan. We developed interventions to reduce infections and are providing training and resources for local scientists, so they can continue this work after our project finishes. Binational workshops in Pakistan and the UK have supported improvements in scientific techniques and data analysis. Supplying safety equipment for laboratories in Pakistan improved the working environment and throughput capabilities. This has led to an expansion of the project to local farms and clinics, helping further increase our understanding of the spread of this deadly disease. Sampling of five key rivers near Islamabad showed differences in bacterial communities between the dry and monsoon seasons. Concurrently, household surveys found faecal contamination of drinking water, leading to a boil-water advisory. Additionally, the presence of Campylobacter and Shigella spp., known causes of diarrhoeal disease, were detected in the faeces of some residents. These results demonstrate our ability to identify diseases sources and influence local practices to deliver long-term improvements in public health.

How to trick dangerous sandflies into a trap?

Arturo Hernandez Colina (Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Warwick)
Many infectious diseases are transmitted by arthropods, causing over 700,000 deaths annually, and climate change is modifying their distribution. Leishmaniasis is one of them; it is transmitted by sandflies and affects humans and animals in the Mediterranean and tropical regions. In the European project CLIMOS, we are enhancing traps to increase sandfly catches to improve surveillance efforts and maybe even reduce sandfly populations and bite rates.

The hijacking heist of herpesviruses during its cellular commute

Sareeta Bagri (PhD Researcher, University of Warwick)
Marek’s disease is a deadly disease that threatens chickens. It is caused by a herpes virus called Marek's disease virus (MDV). In industrial farming, chickens are vaccinated however, vaccination does not stop the virus from spreading. Because of our reliance on eggs and poultry as a primary protein source, MDV is a major threat to food security. Understanding how the virus infiltrates cells and exploits the cellular machinery to multiply and spread is crucial in combating this disease. Join the ride to witness the virus’ deadly cellular commute whilst driving its lethal conveyance…
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