Ilhem Messaoudi will explain history of current outbreak, prospects for treatments and vaccines

Ilhem Messaoudi

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The history of Ebola virus infections that led to the outbreak in West Africa this year and prospects for new treatments and vaccines will be discussed in a lecture presented at UC Riverside on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Ilhem Messaoudi, an associate professor in the Division of Biomedical Sciences at UCR, will discuss “Ebola 2014: Facts and Myths & Are We at Risk?” at 4 p.m. in Interdisciplinary South 1113.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested, however, as seating is limited. RSVP to Parking permits may be purchased at the kiosk on West Campus Drive at the University Avenue entrance to the campus.

The event is co-sponsored by the UCR Center for Ideas and Society and the School of Public Policy.

Messaoudi studies host-pathogen interactions in a variety of viral infection models including herpesvirus (herpes simplex I, simian varicella virus, varicella zoster virus), orthopoxvirus (monkeypox), flavivirus (yellow fever), alphavirus (chickungunya), orthomyxovirus (influenza.

She will provide an overview of Ebola virus structure and how the disease develops, followed by the history of Ebola virus infections leading to the outbreak that has spread beyond West Africa to Europe and the United States. She also will discuss projections for the current outbreak and development in vaccine and therapeutics.

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