Free Public Lecture Will Focus on the Zika Virus

Ilhem Messaoudi in the UC Riverside School of Medicine will give the talk on campus, Oct. 20

Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits Zika virus, feeding on a human.

Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits Zika virus.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Zika virus disease is caused by the Zika virus. It is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito (Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus).  A person who has Zika can also pass it to others during sex.  During pregnancy, Zika virus infection can cause microcephaly in the baby and other brain defects.  Currently, there is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.

What is the history of Zika and its arrival in the Americas? Are there other ways the virus can spread?  How exactly is it diagnosed?

Ilhem Messaoudi, an associate professor in the Division of Biomedical Sciences in the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside, will answer these and other questions about Zika in a free public talk titled, “Zika: Myth and Reality.”  She also will discuss where researchers are with finding vaccines and antivirals for this disease.

The hour-long talk will take place at 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 20, in Room 260, the Highlander Union Building, on the UC Riverside campus.

Ilhem Messaoudi is an associate professor of biomedical sciences at UC Riverside. Photo credit: L. Duka.

Ilhem Messaoudi is an associate professor of biomedical sciences at UC Riverside. Photo credit: L. Duka.

The talk is the first in the 2016-2017 Seminar Series hosted by the Office of Research Integrity within the Office of Research and Economic Development at UCR.  The series, now in its second year, focuses on ethical dilemmas and research topics that involve human subjects.

Messaoudi received her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Lafayette College, Penn., in 1996. She obtained a joint doctorate degree in immunology from The Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences of Cornell University and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in 2001. During her graduate tenure, she studied factors that influence the immune response to viral infections. She then carried out her post-doctoral training at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) and Oregon National Primate Research Center where she focused on the impact of aging on immunity. Messaoudi became an assistant professor at the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute, OHSU in October 2008 before moving to UCR in 2013 to join the School of Medicine.

No registration is required to attend her talk. Seating, however, is limited.   Light refreshments will be provided.

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