Science & Ethics Collide, AIDS & Emerging Infectious Diseases, with Prof. Leo Brady.

Drug companies, AIDS, Malaria & Emerging Infectious Diseases, with Bristol University’s Head of Biochemistry

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Infectious diseases have plagued mankind since time immemorial. Although advances in modern medicine and health have tempered many common contagious diseases within the developed world, millions of people worldwide still die each year from tuberculosis, malaria and AIDS. And yet effective drugs have been developed for most of these diseases.

But, what works for science doesn't always succeed when people, populations and communities are involved. This talk explores some of the science behind the big killers such as HIV and malaria. It will describe how modern understanding of biology is being used in new ways to develop novel drugs. However, not all is so simple when these drugs collide with politics, ethics and, of course, multinational big business...

Where Science & Ethics Collide, though always informed by Professor Brady's profound scientific understanding, is aimed at those of us from the general population. So don't for a moment imagine that you need a Biochemistry A-Level to engage with and appreciate it!!


Professor Leo Brady

Leo heads the School of Biochemistry at the University of Bristol. He is a structural biologist - the study of the intricate shapes adopted by proteins that make up living organisms - information that not only explains life processes, but can also be used as the basis for modern drug design. He has studied in Australia, the US and UK throughout his career, much of which has been devoted to understanding the molecular basis of viruses such as HIV and the malaria parasite. These fundamental studies underpin the development of new drugs. His research career has spanned much of the AIDS epidemic. In Science & Ethics Collide, Leo will present some of his experiences from many years of involvement in the science of understanding and overcoming AIDS and other major infectious diseases.

2014Martin Keeley