ALBUQUERQUE ― The Albuquerque International Association (AIA) will host a public lecture by Dr. Terry McNearney, M.D. titled “New Viruses: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” at 3 p.m., Friday, July 29, at the UNM Continuing Education Conference Center (1634 University Blvd NE).
Dr. McNearney served on the faculties of Washington University School of Medicine and University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, specializing in rheumatology and retrovirology. A long-time research focus of her lab has been how viruses evolve and adapt. She retired from UTMB in 2009 and is currently a senior medical advisor for early drug discovery in neuroscience/pain at Eli Lilly and Company.
Prior to the 20th Century, it might have taken years for an infectious agent to cross countries or continents. But since the advent of fast, affordable air, train and car travel, infectious containment of emerging pandemics has become much more problematic for medical personnel, public health officials and governments. Pandemics of our times have impacted more than individual human lives. They have also had significant influence on politics, human rights and religious and government laws.
In fact, they have changed, even shaped, the modern world. Emerging viruses will continue to be a threat as global travel encroaches on and expands to previously isolated tribes, animals and environments. This lecture will touch on what biomedical science is doing to prepare for and respond to this challenge and what world travelers can do to protect themselves here and abroad.
The lecture is open to the general public and includes a Q&A session after the lecture. The cost is $15 for Albuquerque International Association members and $20 for non-members. High school, college and university students (under 26) with student ID receive free admission.
For further information about the lecture, visit the AIA website.
About Albuquerque International Association
The Albuquerque International Association (AIA) is a division of the Center for International Studies (CFIS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing better international education and enhancing global awareness for all New Mexicans. Through the International Lecture Series (ILS), AIA brings outstanding national and international experts to present, share insights and lead discussions about critical global trends and issues. The Global Skills for Young Adults (GSYA) program targets high school and college students and provides free lectures, exposure to international leaders and a mentorship program with AIA members who have lived and worked abroad in such areas as foreign service, international business and banking, and other international organizations. Since 2007, AIA has organized over 300 events, attended by over 25,000 people representing business, civic and academic leaders and individuals interested in learning more about critical issues facing our world.