The Invisible Enemy
Professor Jonathan Van-Tam dives into the micro-world of viruses, revealing how these invisible invaders can infect our bodies, and how a revolution in testing may transform medicine forever. With the help of immunologist Professor Katie Ewer and virologist Professor Ravi Gupta, this action-packed lecture will reveal the inner workings of the virus by blowing it up and inviting the audience to take part in a heist mission. Can they hijack our cell machinery to replicate? Up against the virus, is our immune system, designed to fight back. We’ll dive into a nose to uncover the wonders of snot and whittle down the winner of a game of antibody bingo to crack how our immune system can defeat this invisible enemy.
One of the most impressive scientific advances over the past two years has been the development of new testing techniques in our battle against Covid-19. We’ll peel back the mysteries of PCR, hack into a supersize lateral flow and show how modern diagnostic technology could shape the future of medicine.