The LASERs (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous), chaired by cultural historian Piero Scaruffi, are an international program of evening gatherings that bring together artists, scientists, inventors and scholars in a variety of disciplines for informal presentations and conversation with an audience. Detailed info at: www.lasertalks.com
This evening will be a special LASER, a fireside chat with Stanford virologist Catherine Blish on Covid-19 .
We met prof. Blish in June 2020 when not much was known about this new virus and this new disease.
We are meeting her again after a lot has happened with covid-19.
The bad news is that it has spread all over the world.
The good news is that we have vaccines, treatments and lots of data.
We'll discuss with prof. Blish topics such as
* Do we know more about how it spreads?
* Do we have better ideas about why people respond so differently to the virus?
* Do we have better estimates for how long immunity lasts after infection or vaccination?
* Do we have a better idea of what would be a sufficient level of immunity to dramatically reduce not only symptomatic Covid-19 infection, but also asymptomatic cases?
* Given how often it has mutated in these 2 years, can we estimate how often the virus will mutate in the future?
* Why the previous vaccines took a minimum of 4 years and this one only one year?
* Can we expect better covid vaccines in the future?
* What kills a virus?
Catherine Blish is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Immunology at Stanford University School of Medicine. Her clinical focus is on infectious diseases. Her current research aims to understand the successes and failures of the immune system in order to better harness it to prevent infections. Her lab is perhaps best known for redefining our understanding of the diversity of human natural killer cells.
The Stanford LASERs are sponsored by the deans of Humanities and Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and Chemical Engineering.