Title: Understanding the Ebola virus
This event took place on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 and is now available to view on-demand
Duration: 60 minutes including Q&A
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Understanding the Ebola virus

The Ebola epidemic in west Africa has highlighted the threat of emerging infectious diseases to public health. In this webinar, Kartik Chandran outlines the importance of basic molecular research to understand how Ebola enters human cells, and why such research has been key to developing drugs and vaccines. Simon Hay also explains how mapping and modeling can help identify where are the places where Ebola and other emerging diseases risk jumping from animals to people.

The session will also include a discussion on how, more broadly, research is informing efforts to end the Ebola epidemic.


Kartik Chandran, Ph.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Kartik Chandran, Ph.D., has helped to identify cellular proteins that Ebola virus exploits to infect cells. His findings suggest multiple possible therapeutic strategies to treat Ebola virus infection—drugs blocking these particular proteins. Dr. Chandran is associate professor of microbiology & immunology and holds the Harold and Muriel Block Faculty Scholar in Virology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Simon Iain Hay, D.Sc., University of Oxford

Prof. Simon Hay obtained his doctorate from the University of Oxford where he is now a member of congregation, a Research Fellow in the Sciences and Mathematics at St John's College and a Professor of Epidemiology at the Department of Zoology. He is funded by a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship renewal and has authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications. He was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 2012 and from 2013 serves as its President. Prof. Hay received numerous awards, notably the Back Award of the Royal Geographical Society (2012), for research contributing to public health policy and the Bailey K. Ashford Medal of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (2013), for distinguished work in tropical medicine.