Thursday, February 6, 2020

An update on the rapid spread of the coronavirus outbreak

A deadly new coronavirus has recently emerged in Wuhan, China, and is spreading fast, causing pneumonia-like symptoms. The virus is now reported to have infected over 17,000 people and claimed more than 361 lives in China. On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared a global emergency as more cases are emerging in other countries. 

What is this new virus, how does it spread, how might the epidemic evolve, and how can we protect against infection?

In this public briefing, experts in virology and infectious diseases will offer their thoughts on how this outbreak compares to previous viral epidemics, and the prospects for effective treatment.  

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  • Charles Chiu, MD, PhD, Director of the UCSF-Abbott Viral Diagnostics and Discovery Center 
  • Melanie Ott, MD, PhD, Senior Investigator, Gladstone Institutes
  • Moderated by Warner Greene, MD, PhD, Director, Center for HIV Cure Research, Gladstone Institutes

Seating will be first come, first served. The event will start promptly at 2pm. No late seating will be allowed in the auditorium. An overflow room will be available if you arrive late.

About the Speakers

Charles Chiu, MD, PhD, is a professor of laboratory medicine and medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases at UC San Francisco, director of the UCSF-Abbott Viral Diagnostics and Discovery Center, and associate director of the UCSF Clinical Microbiology Laboratory. He is a board-certified consulting infectious diseases physician at UCSF, and practices in both infectious diseases and clinical microbiology. Chiu heads a translational research laboratory engaged in clinical next-generation sequencing assay development for diagnosis of infectious diseases, pathogen discovery, bioinformatics software development, nanopore sequencing, and characterization of emerging infections.

Warner C. Greene, MD, PhD, is a senior investigator, director of the Center for HIV Cure Research, and Nick and Sue Hellmann Distinguished Professor at Gladstone Institutes. He is also a professor of medicine, microbiology, and immunology at UC San Francisco. Greene served as the co-director of the UCSF-Gladstone Center for AIDS Research from 1991 to 2019. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Greene is also a past councilor and president of the Association of American Physicians.

Greene’s research spans virology and immunology, with a focus on HIV and related viruses, and on HIV/AIDS pathology. His work in HIV/AIDS over the past 30 years has delineated the interactions between HIV and its host cells, and the mechanisms by which HIV infection causes the death of CD4 T cells.

Melanie Ott, MD, PhD, is a senior investigator at Gladstone Institutes, and professor of medicine at UC San Francisco. She earned an MD from the University of Frankfurt/Main in Germany, and a PhD in molecular medicine from the Picower Graduate School in Manhasset, New York. Ott’s lab is focused on understanding how host epigenetic mechanisms regulate HIV latency, and understanding flaviviruses’ interactions with lipid droplets and the nonsense-mediated decay pathway. Overall, she is passionate about using viruses to find fundamental new biology in host cells.


February 6, 2020
2:00-3:00pm PT
Mahley Auditorium
Megan McDevitt

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