In Memorium

Memorial Lectures

2008 Inaugural Memorial Lecture
"Dilemmas in Public Health: From Smallpox Eradication to SARS, Avian Influenza and Polio Eradication"
Dr. David L. Heymann

17 April 2008

Photo of David HeymannThe Aileen Plant Memorial Lecture was conceived by the Faculty of Health Sciences to honour the significant contributions and work of Professor Aileen Plant. The inaugural lecture, held in April this year, was presented by Dr David Heymann, a world renowned epidemiologist. The topic of his presentation was "Dilemmas in Public Health: From Smallpox Eradication to SARS, Avian Influenza and Polio Eradication."

Dr David Heymann, a close and personal friend and colleague of Professor Plant, is currently the Assistant Director General of Health Security and Environment as well as the Representative for the Director General of Polio Eradication at the World Health Organisation. He is credited with helping discover Ebola and Legionnaires disease, exterminating smallpox and stopping the spread of SARS

Before joining WHO, Dr Heymann worked for 13 years as a medical epidemiologist in sub-Saharan Africa on assignment from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He also worked for two years in India as a medical epidemiologist in the WHO Smallpox Eradication Programme.

In beginning his talk, Dr Heymann spoke fondly of Professor Plant and explained that he had worked with her for many years on projects including the eradication of SARS and polio.

He went on to discuss the three main human influenza viruses that have had a major impact on global health over the last 50 years.

The inaugural lecture was attended by the public, members of the health profession, Professor Plant's family, past colleagues and friends.

Photo of Aileen Plant BooksPhoto of Jeanette Hacket, Jill Downie and David Heymann
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