[ASC-media] Canberra Public lecture - Pestilence, pandemics and climate change

Mona Akbari Mona.Akbari at science.org.au
Thu Oct 20 04:52:31 CEST 2011

The Academy is delighted to invite you to the 1 November public lecture by Professor Tony McMichael on Pestilence, pandemics and climate change.
Please note that we now require RSVPs for public lectures for catering purposes.

The Academy's Fenner series public lectures are also available live on web streaming from http://science.org.au/events/publiclectures/fs/index.html.
The live stream will start at 6 pm on 1 November.

Hope you can attend.

Kind regards
Communications team
Australian Academy of Science

Pestilence, pandemics and climate change: 2000 years of experience, 100-plus years of risk<http://science.org.au/events/publiclectures/fs/mcmichael.html>
An Australian Academy of Science public lecture series on Fenner's Science Today and Tomorrow

Professor Tony McMichael AO
Professor of Population Health, and NHMRC Australia Fellow
ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment

Humans are now changing the global climate rapidly, posing great risks to health and survival. While heatwaves and weather disasters may be the 'face' of climate change, more serious risks loom: food shortages, freshwater crises, mental health disorders, and altered infectious disease patterns. Many diseases are sensitive to climatic conditions of temperature, rainfall and humidity, influencing microbial proliferation, vectors such as mosquitoes, and 'reservoir' species, for example kangaroos for Ross River Virus. Climate-related epidemics are evident from two millennia of natural climatic fluctuations. Was the Plague of Justinian in 542 AD, which enfeebled the fading Roman Empire, triggered by cooling that enabled transmission of bubonic plague from North Africa to Constantinople? There is suggestive evidence of various infectious diseases now responding to climate change. Future risks are uncertain, but modelled estimates for plausible climates to 2100 indicate how dengue fever and salmonellosis may increase in Australia, schistosomiasis in China, malaria in Africa.

Tuesday 1 November 2011, 6-7 pm
Refreshments from 5.30 pm
Shine Dome, Gordon Street, Canberra
Free entry and parking

RSVPs essential
eleanor.paynter at science.org.au<mailto:eleanor.paynter at science.org.au> or 6201 9453

Tony McMichael is a medical graduate and epidemiologist. He heads the research program on health risks of climate and environmental changes at the Australian National University (ANU). Previously, he was the Director of the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the ANU and Professor of Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In 1990-92, he chaired the Scientific Council of the International Agency for Research on Cancer. During the last two decades he has contributed substantively to the scientific assessment of health risks by the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and is currently a Science Advisor to the Australian Government's Climate Commission. He advises the World Health Organisation on environment, climate and health, chairing an expert group on the impacts of environment, climate and agriculture on infectious disease emergence. He is Honorary Professor of Climate Change and Health at University of Copenhagen, and an elected member of the US National Academy of Sciences.

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