In this series of talks, presented by the Faculty of Science in collaboration with the Toronto Public Library, we explore how scientists are tackling these scary bugs.
See below for more details about the talks.
Harnessing Nature’s Pharmacy
October 1, 2016 at 3-4 pm, Brentwood Branch
Humans have taken advantage of plants’ natural defences to fend off pathogens for thousands of years. Professor Kathi Hudak discusses an antiviral protein that protects plants and inhibits the replication of human retroviruses such as HIV.
Mining the Data: What Can We Learn About Infectious Diseases?
October 4, 2016 at 7-8 pm, Danforth/Coxwell Branch
Statistics is about understanding the world around us. Professor Hanna Jankowski shows us how statisticians are using data to surveil and report on infectious diseases and to learn more about how to manage these diseases.
A War on Superbugs
October 19, 2016 at 6:30-8 pm, Don Mills Branch
Microorganisms live on and within us and we benefit from this relationship; however, bugs can turn on us and with deadly consequences. Professor Dasantila Golemi-Kotra explains how humans contributed to the evolution of “superbugs” and how we might be able to revert them back to “benign” organisms.
The Biology of Bloodthirsty Disease Vectors
October 25, 2016 at 7-8 pm, Annette Branch
Diseases spread by mosquitoes and ticks infect over half a billion people and kill some two million every year globally. Professor Jean-Paul Paluzzi discusses the biology of these blood-feeders and how we can use it against them to tackle diseases like Lyme disease and the Zika virus.
Bacterial Nanomachines: The Key to Infection and Resistance
November 7, 2016 at 7-8 pm, Barbara Frum Branch
Bacteria have sophisticated nanomachines to help them stick to various surfaces (including us!) and to exchange genetic material and molecules essential to their survival and spread. Professor Gerald Audette explains how these machines are created and how they enable infection and resistance to treatments.