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Expert Talk: Emerging infectious diseases at the animal-human interface

September 21st 2023 13:00 - 14:30 UTC+2
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At the next Expert Talk, Prof. Dr. Jan Felix Drexler will discuss the animal origins of zoonotic viruses and anthropogenic changes facilitating virus emergence with us. Through many years of experience in researching emerging viral diseases and working in biodiversity hotspots as a virologist at Charité, he will give us a particularly good insight and overview of this topic.

Under the direction of Jan Felix Drexler, the Charité is working on the project ‘Health Monitoring of Animals Subject to Illegal Trafficking from the One Health Perspective‘ together with ARCAS Wildlife Protection in Guatemala. The main objective of this project is to strengthen the regional knowledge on One Health issues, through the generation of information on pathogens in wild animals, produce a bank of adequately managed and preserved samples, and training the staff of institutions related to this work and topic.

Expert Talk with Prof. Dr. Jan Felix Drexler

Thursday, September 21st, 13:00-14:30 CEST

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Howler Monkey photgraphed by Jan Felix Drexler

About the Speaker

Jan Felix Drexler is Head of the Virus Epidemiology laboratory and an Associate Professor at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. Following medical education in Germany and Brazil, he worked as a staff scientist and professor in Brazil, Germany and the Netherlands. His group focuses on the evolution and epidemiology of emerging viruses at the animal-human interface. Since 2006, he has published >230 peer-reviewed papers, accumulating >10000 citations, an h-index of 50 (Web of Science) and >22 million € extramural funding.

About the Alliance

The International Alliance against Health Risks in Wildlife Trade serves as an inclusive and interdisciplinary platform to discuss challenges and formulate solutions vis-á-vis human-wildlife interfaces and associated health risks and the emergence and spread of zoonotic pathogens from wildlife. The Alliance is aiming to enhance international and national awareness, knowledge, policies and action, not least by narrowing the gap between science and implementation.

We are very much looking forward to the kick-off event for our guiding question about the identification of unknown pathogens and how this can contribute to pandemic prevention and risk reduction in wildlife trade. Please feel free to forward and share this invitation with interested colleagues.