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The Leicester Literary and Leicester Philosophical Society, locally known as the Lit. and Phil., was founded in 1835.

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About the Lit&Phil

The “Lit & Phil” organises an annual series of lectures and discussions, usually held in the Leicester New Walk Museum, for the advancement of education in Literature, Science and Art.  It publishes reports, papers and proceedings and supports the museum.  There are also Natural History and Geology Sections, which organise further events.

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Our next lecture …

Monday 21st January 2019

Challenging Times

Professor Andrew J Pollard FMedSci
Professor of Paediatric Infection and Immunity. University of Oxford

Professor Andrew Pollard, a descendant of Dr George Shaw, one of the founders of the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society in 1835, will be giving a lecture called ‘Challenging Times’.

Andrew Pollard, Professor of Paediatric infection and immunity at the University of Oxford, will talk about the problems of Typhoid and the Salmonella bacteria that cause the disease which can be fatal in parts of the world where the population has access to poor water quality and sanitation. The bacteria carry genes which make it resistant to antibiotics and their recent spread has made the disease almost untreatable. Although typhoid has essentially disappeared from Europe and North America through building mains water supplies, these engineering works which are important to eradicating the disease are slow to construct in the poorer regions of the world. However, there are now possible new vaccines that could control the disease and stem the antibiotic resistant infection.

Professor Pollard obtained his medical degree at St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School, University of London in 1989 and trained in Paediatrics at Birmingham Children’s Hospital specialising in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at St Mary’s Hospital, London. He obtained his PhD at St Mary’s Hospital, London, in 1999 studying immunity to Neisseria meningitidis in children. His research now includes the design, development and clinical evaluation of vaccines including those for meningococcal disease and enteric fever. He leads a project on transmission of typhoid in Nepal, Bangladesh and Malawi, and co-leads typhoid vaccine impact studies at these sites.

Sponsored by the British Science Association

The lecture is at 7.30 pm at the New Walk Museum and visitors are welcome at £5, which includes refreshments afterwards.