Café Scientifique: Explore Vector-Borne Disease Transmission

Are you interested in science? Want to learn more about the latest technology breakthroughs in normal English, minus the jargon? Then Café Scientifique at Carnegie Science Center is the place to be!

During the next Café Scientifique, you can join Westminster College assistant professor of biology. Diana Ortiz, as she discusses the question, “Why are we not winning the war against vector-borne disease?” Ortiz has spent more than two decades working in academia, industry, and government in the areas of vector biology, virology, bio-defense, and public health. 

Over the past few decades, the world has witnessed the emergence and resurging of numerous vector-borne diseases. Pathogens, such as Zika virus, dengue viruses, malaria, and Lyme borreliosis currently represent major threats to human and animal populations around the world. What factors affect the occurrence of these diseases? In her talk, Ortiz will bring to the forefront some of the most important societal and environmental changes that have directly affected the occurrence of vector-borne diseases. The recent worldwide emergence of Zika virus exemplifies how unpredictable and complex these diseases can be in a constantly changing world.

Café Scientifique: Vector-Borne Disease Transmission will be held on Monday, June 5 from 7:00 until 9:00 pm. Enjoy the pub-type atmosphere with food and drinks available for purchase. Doors open at 6:00 pm with a cash bar available from 6:00 until 7:30 pm. Admission is free. To register, visit the Café Scientifique event page.

Carnegie Science Center, 1 Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh