Special Seminar: How Canada Responds to Infectious Disease Threats At Home and Abroad: Experiences of a Laboratory Scientist


Charles Meredith House Conference Room, 1130 avenue des Pins Ouest, Montreal, QC, H3A 1A3, CA

We are pleased to help the LSHTM Montreal Alumni Chapter and McGill alumni welcome Dr. Harvey Artsob, Former Director of the Zoonotic Diseases and Special Pathogens at the Public Health Agency of Canada National Microbiology Laboratory.

About Dr. Artsob:

Dr. Harvey Artsob is a McGill graduate who served as Director of the Zoonotic Diseases and Special Pathogens program at the National Microbiology Laboratory, Public Health Agency of Canada in Winnipeg. He also had an appointment as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology at the University of Manitoba. During his career, Dr. Artsob received the Chief Public Health Officer's medal as well as the Distinguished Microbiologist award from the Canadian College of Microbiologists. Dr. Artsob's laboratory addressed infectious disease threats to Canadians both at home and abroad. Dr. Artsob spent some time on secondment to the World Health Organization in Geneva and also co-chaired a Canadian bioterrorism response committee to help ensure that  Canadian laboratories were properly prepared to respond to any possible acts of bioterrorism. Dr. Artsob will discuss some of the potential infectious disease issues, naturally occurring and man made, that face Canadians and share experiences he has faced in responding to different disease threats. His presentation will include a discussion of how his former lab took a leadership role internationally in responding the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa which included providing mobile lab support and contributing diagnostics (ZMapp monoclonal antibody therapeutics, vaccine) in the fight against Ebola.

Light refreshments will be served