Jul 25, 2018
From the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic to the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, humankind has lived in fear of a potent infectious disease that would mark its demise. Dr Rosalind Eggo is a mathematical modeller who tracks the spread of deadly viruses, in an attempt to stop them. In this talk, she combines science with humour and answers the question we all want to ask: “Will a pandemic mark the end of humankind?”
Rosalind Eggo is an Assistant Professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, in the UK. She received her PhD in the dynamics of the 1918 influenza pandemic from Imperial College London, and then worked at The University of Texas at Austin, USA. Rosalind works in mathematical modelling of infectious diseases. This means she uses computational and mathematical methods to understand the transmission of pathogens through populations. The aim of infectious disease modelling is to understand the routes and mechanisms that drive the spread of infections, so that we can ultimately design interventions to prevent them. Rosalind has worked on analysis of pandemic influenza, Ebola, Zika, cholera, and other pathogens. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.