[ASC-list] Townsville event: CAFE SCIENTIFIC & Science on the Strand - Dengue & Flu in NQ, 3 June 2009

Annie Harris Annie.Harris at dtrdi.qld.gov.au
Thu May 28 00:30:40 UTC 2009

ABC Science, the Australian Science Communicators, JCU and the Queensland Government present 
CAFE SCIENTIFIC & Science on the Strand 

Dengue & Flu in NQ 

What do we know & what should we do about neglected & emerging diseases? 

FREE EVENT – ALL WELCOME. Bar will be open for drinks and food 
7pm, Wed 3 June ♦ Victoria Park Hotel ♦ 266 Boundary St ♦ South Townsville 
Come along to listen and maybe ask questions. This event is a special amalgamation of ‘Café Scientific’ (an initiative of ABC, ASC + Qld Govt) and ‘Science on the Strand’ (an initiative of the JCU Faculty of Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences) and is being recorded for ABC Radio. 

Queensland newspapers have dubbed the recent Dengue fever outbreaks the ‘worst in 50 years’. Fingers are being pointed at backyard water tanks as the source of the problem, while others claim that airport and border health controls are not tough enough. And while Dengue is mainly a tropical disease, could Australia’s changing climate mean that it and other insect-borne diseases might one day turn up in Melbourne or Adelaide? 

Host: Bernie Hobbs (New Inventors) 
Science journalist, Bernie Hobbs, is a former teacher and medical researcher (trained in Queensland) but she’s been talking, writing and having a beer or two over science at the ABC since 1997. Bernie appears on weekly radio shows, has produced award-winning websites, and is in the kids’ science show, The experiMENTALS. She is known to Australian audience as a judge on the New Inventors. 

Associate Professor Scott Ritchie, James Cook University and Director of Medical Entomology, Queensland Health. Dr Ritchie works on management of dengue, malaria and Japanese encephalitis in North Queensland. His interests include the ecology and epidemiology of mosquito-borne diseases, developing management plans for vector-borne diseases and, of course, wine tasting. 

Associate Professor Jacinta Elston is Dean of the Indigenous Health Unit and is currently Acting Head of the School of Indigenous Australian Studies, James Cook University. Jacinta’s research interests include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce education and development, health priorities for Indigenous peoples, and breast cancer in Indigenous women. 

Professor Rick Speare is with James Cook University’s School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences and is also Director of the Anton Breinl Centre for Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He achieved fame when he deliberately infected himself with hookworm to study inflammatory bowel disease. His website on nits is one of the busiest at JCU. 

Cafe Scientific invites scientists to leave the lab and get out to cafes and pubs for lively, engaging discussions. The audience can enjoy a drink and ask questions, as experts debate the latest ideas. These events are recorded for broadcast on ABC Radio National. 

Science on the Strand takes place each month at the Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club at the Strand Headland. Meet JCU scientists and find out what they’re up to in their research. 

Info and media inquiries: Abbie Thomas, ABC Science, 02 8333 5116 

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