The Ghost in the Flying Machine: Elucidating the Dynamics of Henipaviruses in Fruit Bat Populations

4:00pm - 5:00pm / Tuesday 5th November 2019 / Venue: LT2 Life Sciences Building
Type: Seminar / Category: Department / Series: BEEM Seminar
  • Suitable for: Staff and students with an interest in Behaviour, Evolution, Ecology and Microbiology
  • Admission: Free
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Speaker: Olivier Restiff (University of Cambridge)

In the last 20 years, bats have flown into the limelight as a major source of deadly zoonotic viruses. Yet, the mechanisms allowing bats to maintain these viruses remain poorly understood due to the limited data available. Combining forces across six continents, the Bat One Health consortium is bringing together multidisciplinary expertise to investigate the interactions between henipaviruses and their fruit bat hosts, quantify the drivers of zoonotic spillover and propose mitigation strategies. In this talk Olivier will focus on the research he has been carrying out in Ghana and illustrate how mathematical models can be used to infer the dynamics of infection from serological data.