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Harborne Building (31), Whiteknights Campus, University of Reading, Reading
Thames Valley branch

Join us for our AGM followed by a talk on some discoveries, outbreaks and controversies that surround influenza pandemics from Professor Wendy Barclay.

The influenza virus is notorious for being highly changeable. The human form remerges every year in a new guise, thereby hindering attempts at vaccination and drug treatment - and mutation of related animal forms allows them to infect humans and cause devastating pandemics. Vaccines and antiviral drugs are available but the challenge today is to find ways to use them appropriately.

Our speaker is Professor Wendy Barclay who holds a Chair in Influenza Virology at Imperial College, London and specialises in research on respiratory viruses. Her timely talk will explore some discoveries, outbreaks and controversies that surround influenza in terms of key concepts in biology such as evolution, vaccination and antimicrobial resistance.


19:00  Light refreshments
19:30  Branch AGM
20:00  Lecture
21:30  Close


The event will take place in the Harborne Building on the University of Reading's Whiteknights campus in Reading. Enter Whiteknights Campus via Pepper Lane or Shinfield Road entrances and proceed to Car Park 13 where there is limited car parking available. See map.

Further information and booking

This is a free event but it is limited to a maximum of 100 places, which will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis, so book now to avoid disappointment.

If you have any difficulties booking online, please contact the RSB Team at and if you have any event queries, please direct them to Dr John Grainger.

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