VALIDATE is an international network of over 400 researchers who are working to develop vaccines against tuberculosis, leishmaniasis, melioidosis, and leprosy. These are neglected diseases that cause significant mortality and ill-health worldwide every year. In 'BCG100 for Schools', our world-leading researchers connect with young people around the world to discuss their science careers and their fascinating research. This is part of our BCG100 programme, VALIDATE's campaign marking the centenary of the first use of the Bacillus Calmette–Guérin (BCG) vaccine that has protected millions from tuberculosis.
Speakers: Dr Wynand Johan Goosen & Prof Michele A Miller
Date: 11 May 2021
Time: 10am GMT/11am SAST
Description: Michele and Wynand will discuss the very different paths each took to follow their passion and become wildlife researchers. Students will hear stories on how different people followed their professional dreams to become scientists that contribute to understanding the links between animals, humans and environmental health.
The talks will take place online via Microsoft Teams and will last for about 40 minutes with a further 20 minutes for a Q&A. The discussion will take place using the Teams chat function.
Who is it for?: The talks are suitable for 13 to 18 years old with an interest in science. It will be of special relevance to those students interested in pursuing a career in any STEM field or biomedical research in particular. If your students are based at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they are welcome to join from their own laptops or other devices.
“Prof Michele A Miller studied immunology and received her Masters and PhD before going to veterinary school. With her interest in wildlife (despite growing up in the US), she was able to do additional training at San Diego Zoo, then went on to work at several zoos in the U.S. (Los Angeles Zoo, Busch Gardens, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Palm Beach Zoo). Her passion for African wildlife led her to develop research projects in South Africa and in 2013 became a Research Chair in Animal Tuberculosis at Stellenbosch University. Currently, she is based full-time in Kruger National Park. She uses her training in research and veterinary medicine to design studies that will improve the health and our understanding of wildlife.
Dr Wynand Goosen grew up in a small town called Grahamstown in South Africa. Surrounded by various rural communities, livestock, and wildlife parks he was exposed to various disease management strategies due to the frequent interactions between communal livestock, wildlife, and humans. This inspired him to explore why such measures are necessary. During his quest for answers, he approached well-known international researchers who work with diseases that can jump between animals and humans which cause sickness and even death. This led to his studies in Molecular Biology and later receiving his PhD, before pursuing a career solely focused on finding answers and better understanding such strange diseases. He now works with Prof Michele Miller at Stellenbosch University’s Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics in Cape Town. He uses his skills as a Molecular scientist to complement Michele's attributes to help design studies that will improve the health of humans and animals.
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