Ebola in, Ebola out – new speaker for convention

The latest addition to the line-up of the 2014 Australian Skeptics National Convention is Dr Grant Hill-Cawthorne.

Dr Hill-Cawthorne is a medical microbiologist and lecturer in communicable disease epidemiology at the Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity and School of Public Health, University of Sydney.

After completing medicine and medical training and the University of Cambridge he went to Saudi Arabia where he set up a laboratory specialising in pathogen genomics. His ongoing research is on the evolution of drug resistance and epidemiology of infectious diseases in Australia, South Africa, Mongolia and Papua New Guinea, and he has spoken extensively in the media on the control of the current Ebola outbreak, based on his public health role in communicable disease control.

This will be the substance of his talk, “Ebola – lots of scare mongering, but what about the facts?”

Dr Hill-Cawthorne is, actually, replacing Sonya Pemberton in the convention schedule.

While we seriously regret Sonya’s inability to take part in the convention, the irony is that she is working on a major Ebola film with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, for release on PBS NOVA in September next year.

Grant has stepped up to take her place, and we very much appreciate his willingness to do so at short notice.

The full program for the convention is available here.