10. October 2019 - 18:30 till 20:30
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Influenza: Past and Present | The VRI Hall, Traralgon | Thursday, 10. October 2019

This public seminar, presented by Federation University Australia in partnership with the Traralgon Neighbour Learning House, brings together two senior researchers to talk about Influenza, both the latest seasonal strains, and the more deadly pandemic which afflicted the globe in 1918-1919. 

Professor Erik Eklund is an experienced and highly credentialled historian of regional Australia, who will explore the impact of the 1919 Influenza pandemic on the Gippsland region.
Dr Alan Hampson AOM is an adjunct Senior Research Fellow who will discuss why we continue to suffer yearly epidemics of influenza and where the latest research is leading. 
Professor Erik Eklund is an an award winning historian who is Associate Dean Research and Director of the Centre for Gippsland Studies at Federation University. He has held positions at the University of Newcastle, Monash University and most recently as the Keith Cameron Chair in Australian History at University College Dublin. 
Dr Hampson is a virologist with 50 years of experience working with influenza. His career spans research and vaccine development. He has worked with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Australian Government, and was the first Editor in Chief of the International Journal Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses. For his public health contributions to influenza, Dr Hampson was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate of Medicine (University of Melbourne) in 2006 and the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2007.