Friday ID Conference: “Mechanisms Governing Virus-Induced Disease Severity in the Lung"

Ralph Baric, PhD, will present at ID Conference on Jan. 11, 2013

When Jan 11, 2013
from 08:30 AM to 09:30 AM
Where 1131 Bioinformatics
Contact Name
Contact Phone 919-966-2536
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Ralph Baric, PhD, is associate professor of microbiology and immunology at the UNC School of Medicine and professor of epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Baric’s research focuses on coronaviruses, including SARS, and on noroviruses. Most of the research in his laboratory has used coronaviruses as models to study the genetics of RNA virus transcription, replication, persistence, and cross species transmission. We have also been using alphavirus vaccine vectors to develop novel candidate vaccines against caliciviruses.

Baric and his team recently published new research demonstrating that a SARS coronavirus, altered to lack the ability to “proofread” (correct mistakes in replication), begins to mutate much more rapidly and is unable to cause disease in mouse models.

About Friday ID Conference

The Division of Infectious Diseases, Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases, and Center for AIDS Research at UNC co-sponsor a weekly conference series which features distinguished clinicians and scientists from UNC, local universities, and other national and international institutions. The topics are varied and appeal to not only infectious disease specialists, but also professionals in epidemiology, public health, microbiology, biostatistics and other global health-related disciplines.

The conference takes place every Friday, September through June, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in 1131 Bioinformatics (first floor auditorium) on the UNC campus. For more information, or to suggest a speaker, please contact the conference coordinator, Kathy James. To sign-up to receive weekly announcements of the conference, click here.