Join us on Thursday (9 April from 12:30) as we hear from Prof Wolfgang Preiser, Head of the Division of Medical Virology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Stellenbosch.
Prof Preiser will be able to join us for about 30 minutes (12h30 to 13h00), to answer some pressing questions that we may have. We can then continue with a discussion among ourselves. Please submit your questions by Wednesday 16h00, using the google form here.
Since 2005 Wolfgang Preiser has been Professor and Head of the Division of Medical Virology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Stellenbosch. He also heads up one of the country’s largest public service laboratories, the National Health Laboratory Service, Tygerberg, and he is currently serving on the “Ministerial Advisory Committee and Virology Expert Committee”, which informs the Minister of Health and President regarding response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wolfgang Preiser is a medical virologist who specialised in his home town Frankfurt, Germany, and at University College London. He received his second doctoral degree (Habilitation) in 2005 while working as consultant virologist in Frankfurt. His principal research interests cover three broad themes: diagnosis of HIV infection and monitoring antiretroviral therapy, from antibody testing to resistance genotyping; the epidemiology, diagnosis and monitoring of opportunistic viral infections, especially hepatitis B and cytomegalovirus, in immunocompromised patients; and emerging and potentially zoonotic viral diseases. He served as a temporary advisor to the World Health Organization on severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in China in 2003 and led the Frankfurt group who, together with colleagues from Hamburg, were among the first to isolate the SARS-associated coronavirus in spring 2003.
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