Novel Coronovirus Briefing at Science Gallery Dublin
Science Gallery Dublin hosted a briefing on Thursday 30th of January to allow the public to delve deeper into the novel coronavirus 2019 (2019-nCoV) and the science behind the latest virus scare. Who is most at risk of contracting it? How quickly can a vaccine be developed to tackle the spread of the virus? Is Ireland equipped to handle the containment and management of such viruses?
Looking at the implications for public health in Ireland were moderator Maria Delaney, an investigative journalist for Noteworthy, along with experts from areas of immunology and virology. This included Cillian De Gascun, Director, National Virus Reference Laboratory and Nigel Stevenson, Assistant Professor in Immunology at Trinity College Dublin, David McGrath, Medical Director of the College Health Service and a Member of the Trinity College Working Group on the Management of a potential Novel Coronavirus threat, and Karina Butler, Consultant Paediatrician and Paediatric Infectious Diseases Specialist.
The briefing was recorded and can be watched below.
RAPID RESPONSE events at Science Gallery Dublin delve into the latest scientific issues in the news. Speaking ahead of the RAPID RESPONSE briefing Science Gallery Interim Director Andrea Bandelli said “This latest virus outbreak while still a low level risk to people in Ireland poses a lot of questions for members of the public. Most of us don’t get an opportunity to talk directly to scientists who are the experts in the field. At Science Gallery we aim to bring the latest burning topics to the public and allow them to interact directly with science and researchers at the cutting edge”.