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Theobald Smith Lecture


Lecture by Leading Public Health Researcher to Focus on Preventing Flu Deaths

Keith P. Klugman, MD, PhD, the William H. Foege Professor of Global Health at The Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

Keith P. Klugman, MD, PhD

2014 Theobald Smith
Annual Lecture Speaker

Thursday, September 4
4 p.m. in ME-700

Reducing flu deaths by prevention of secondary bacterial pneumonia will be the topic of the 2014 Theobald Smith Annual Lecture Thursday, Sept. 4 at 4 p.m. in ME-700. The talk will be presented by Keith P. Klugman, MD, PhD, the William H. Foege Professor of Global Health at The Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University. Dr. Klugman is one of the world’s leading experts on antibiotic resistance and pneumonia.

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.

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