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Zoom Seminar on Coronavirus

Invitation to an IBV Zoom Seminar on Coronavirus with George Fu Gao from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and Ottar N. Bjørnstad from Pennsylvania State University

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Zoom Seminar

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  • Rein Aasland, Head of Department, IBV
  • Nils Chr. Stenseth, The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
    Introducing the speakers
  • George Fu Gao, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention
    Lecture title: COVID-19: China's Update and Sharing
  • Ottar Bjørnstad, Pennsylvania State University
    Lecture title: Plausible transitions in age-structure of COVID19 cases from the ongoing virgin-epidemic towards probable seasonal endemism

About the main lecturers:

Dr. George Fu Gao

Dr. George Fu Gao is the Director-General at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention; a Professor in the Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences; President of the Chinese Society of Biotechnology; and President of the Asian Federation of Biotechnology (AFOB). His research interests include enveloped viruses and molecular immunology. His group research is mainly focused on the enveloped virus entry and release, especially influenza virus interspecies transmission (host jump), structure-based drug-design, and structural immunology. He is also interested in virus ecology, especially the relationship between influenza virus and migratory birds or live poultry markets and the bat-derived virus ecology and molecular biology.
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Dr. Ottar Bjørnstad

Dr. Ottar Bjørnstad is a Distinguished Professor of Entomology and Biology and J. Lloyd & Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair of Epidemiology at Pennsylvania State University.
He specializes on population dynamics of epidemiological and ecological outbreaks. His focal systems include human infections like measles, whooping cough, rubella and influenza; animal infections like rabies, hantavirus and distemper; and outbreaks of various insects of biomedical and agricultural concern.
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Published Apr. 1, 2020 2:17 PM - Last modified Apr. 1, 2020 4:41 PM