Teacher program: Seminar Series

Whitehead Institute’s 2010-2011 Seminar Series for High School Teachers: Reassessing the Threat: Infectious Diseases in the 21st Century

Despite enormous advances in treatment and prevention made during the 20th Century, infectious diseases remain a leading cause of death worldwide. Today, diseases once thought eradicated are re-emerging, others historically responsive to treatment are becoming increasingly drug-resistant, and emerging pathogens are posing new threats to human health. 

Whitehead Institute’s 2010-2011 Lecture Series for High School Teachers, Reassessing the Threat: Infectious Diseases in the 21st Century, explored these phenomena and their implications for biomedical research, drug development, and public health policy.


Kick-off session: Monday, October 4, 2010

Combating fungal disease

Gerald Fink, Founding Member, Whitehead Institute

[presentation not available]

Monday, November 1, 2010

Controlling infections in hospitals/antibiotic resistance

Erica Seiguer Shenoy, Clinical and Research Fellow, Infectious Disease Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital

[1.7M pdf]

Monday, December 6, 2010

How viruses evade the immune system

Stephanie Dougan, Postdoctoral Fellow, Whitehead Institute

[93KB pdf]

Monday, January 10, 2011*

Why are there public health issues of emerging infections in Massachusetts and beyond?

Alfred DeMaria, Jr., Medical Director, Bureau of Infectious Disease Prevention, Response, and Services
Massachusetts Department of Health

[9.1M pdf]

Monday, February 7, 2011

Combating drug-resistant malaria

Dyann Wirth, Chair, Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Harvard School of Public Health

[12.7M pdf]

Monday, March 7, 2011

Malaria parasites: Virulence and transmission 

Matthias Marti, Assistant Professor, Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases
Harvard School of Public Health

[24.6M pdf]
[link to youtube videos]

Monday, April 4, 2011

The pursuit of an HIV vaccine/vaccine strategies

Dan Barouch, Chief, Division of Vaccine Research, Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

For information or slides, please contact dbarouch (at) bidmc (dot) harvard (dot) edu

Monday, MAy 2, 2011

Tuberculosis: Isn't it gone already?

Eric Rubin, Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Harvard School of Public Health

[presentation not available]

Monday, June 6, 2011

The burden of malnutrition and preventable infectious disease in the developing world

Mary Smith Fawzi, Instructor in the Program in Infectious Disease and Social Change in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School

[24.6M pdf]

© Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research              455 Main Street          Cambridge, MA 02142