Paul Smith's College hosts pathogens lecture

PAUL SMITHS - Humans have made huge advances in combating agents that cause infectious disease - but, as recent outbreaks of SARS, West Nile Virus and the H1N1 flu demonstrate, many challenges remain.

Dr. David Woodland, president and director of the Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake, will discuss the relationship between humans and disease-causing microbes when he appears on campus Friday, April 30.

His talk, "Infectious Diseases Today: Are the Microbes Winning?", is free and open to the public. He will speak from 10-11 a.m. in Freer Auditorium.

Woodland's talk will include special emphasis on newly emerging pathogens, which scientists at the Trudeau Institute are striving to understand. Trudeau, established in 1884 as a tuberculosis sanitarium, is today a biomedical research center whose scientists are leading the effort to understand respiratory virus infections and develop novel vaccine strategies.

Woodland, who has published more than 150 articles in basic science journals, is regularly invited to present data at national and international meetings, and serves on federal committees that prioritize research applications for funding.

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