Lecture by Leading Public Health Researcher to Focus on Preventing Flu Deaths
Keith P. Klugman, MD, PhD
2014 Theobald Smith
Thursday, September 4
The lecture will be hosted by Dennis W. Metzger, PhD, professor and Theobald Smith Alumni Chair at the Center for Immunology and Microbial Disease at Albany Medical College, who also studies the implication of bacterial infections following the flu.
Most deaths from influenza, particularly during pandemics, are due to secondary bacterial infections which cannot be controlled by the patient’s weakened immune system.
The annual lecture, considered a forum for talks by eminent scientists, is named for Theobald Smith, MD, (Class of 1883) one of Albany Med’s most renowned graduates. He is credited with discovering that insects are able to transmit diseases to humans, thus unlocking the mysteries of yellow fever, malaria and other viral parasitic illnesses.