Comparative Genomics Centre Research Seminar
Speaker Dr Glenn Marsh, CSIRO Animal, Food and Health Sciences Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL)
When: Friday August 24th 12pm
CNS: E4 Boardroom
TSV: Aust. Tropical Science & Innovation Precinct room 030
The henipavirus, including Hendra and Nipah viruses, are a group of emerging bat-borne paramyxoviruses which are responsible for severe disease outbreaks in humans, horses and pigs. The mortality rate of human infection varies between 50 to 100%, making them some of the most deadly viruses known to infect humans. 2001 and 2012 have seen increases in the number of Hendra virus spill-over events in Australia demonstrating an ongoing need for improved therapeutics and a better understanding of henipavirus pathogenesis.
At this seminar, the speaker will present data from several on-going projects in the laboratory investigating host range, transmission potential and virulence, along with data for a new henipavirus that has been isolated from fruit bats in Australia.