World-leading researcher on the fast detection of viruses, Professor Michael Breadmore, delivers the 2021 Arthur Cobbold Memorial Lecture.
In 2020, the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic changed the world and the way in which we live and interact. The virus spread rapidly around the world due to our highly mobile nature and has impacted every region in the world. Management and containment has essentially been the same strategy used to manage the Spanish Flu pandemic a century ago – physical isolation and quarantine. This is because it is not possible to rapidly detect infectious carriers within the community in a timeframe that is effective and for a cost that is acceptable. The task is difficult and the challenges are many, but there is hope. Airports, bombs, butchers and steak have inspired and informed how we think we can help the world by detecting viruses within minutes.
Professor Michael Breadmore delivers the 2021 Arthur Cobbold Memorial Lecture, followed by a discussion on living with COVID-19 featuring Associate Professor of Public Health, Nicola Stephens, and Tasmania's Director of Public Health, Dr Mark Veitch.