ACU Perspectives | Dame Sally Davies on Ebola and global health security

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Professor Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer for England and Chief Scientific Adviser for the UK Department of Health, delivered an insightful ACU Perspectives talk on the topic of Ebola and global health security. The event took place on Monday 30 March at the Wellcome Collection in London, UK, and assembled an audience of academics, medical researchers, and higher education professionals. Dame Sally took delegates through the history of Ebola, from the discovery of the virus in 1976 to the most recent outbreak that started in Guinea in December 2013. She discussed how, due to the unprecedented nature of the outbreak, the outcome relied on the response not just of governments and supranational organisations such as the United Nations and the World Health Organisation, but also of industry, academia and the non-profit sector. She said the crisis in Western Africa raised profound questions about how all sectors must work together to protect the world's population from infectious diseases, and particularly how research can influence policy. Dame Sally examined the challenges and opportunities of working with industry and academia to develop and trial new vaccines and treatments, as well as the importance of scientific advice to government – even when the content of this may be uncomfortable for policymakers. You can listen to the full talk on our Soundcloud account Music by
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