How serious is the threat posed by bird flu to human health? How might the virus change to spread more easily between humans? Are influenza epidemics cyclical, and can one predict when the next one will strike? What related diseases do we need to be on the look out for? And what measures are being taken to develop effective vaccines and drugs?
In a free public lecture on
Subbarao is currently a senior investigator in the Laboratory of Infectious Diseases at National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. The laboratorys research is focused on the development of vaccines against pandemic strains of influenza and the development of animal models and the evaluation of vaccines against the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) coronavirus. Her influenza research aims to identify and prioritize potential pandemic strains of influenza to target for vaccine development, with a particular focus on emerging strains such as the H5N1 strain of avian influenza.
Subbarao received her MB, BS, in 1982 from the University of Madras, India, and completed a residency in pediatrics at
The lecture will last 35 to 40 minutes, followed by a question-and-answer session. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is located at 1 Bungtown Road in Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. For more information, call (516) 367-8800.