April nanoTalks: A Fatal Kiss & Mind-controlling Parasites
Talk 1: A Fatal Kiss?
This talk will give a short journey through the world of the Epstein Barr Virus (EBV), which infects over 90% of the adult human population worldwide – most often through an innocent kiss. However, EBV is associated with 200.000 deaths every year. The talk will lead you through the discovery of EBV as an human oncogenic virus to its use for biomedical research and to current advances in the development of specific vaccines and immunotherapies.
Talk 2: Mind-controlling Parasites
Presented by Dmitry Kopelyanskiy, PhD candidate, Center of Immunity and Infection, University of Lausanne & winner of Famelab CH 2018 & international finalist, winner of Science Slam Basel 2018
Zombies! Are they real? Some parasites manipulate the behavior of their hosts in order to promote their own transmission. Using complicated plots and twisted schemes, they mess with the nervous systems, suppress the survival instincts of, and enslave their hosts as a source of food and shelter. Fortunately, humans are not affected. Or are we?