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WSC Professor to Present 'Understanding the H1N1 Flu Virus from an Immunology Standpoint'

 

Doug Christensen, professor of biology at Wayne State College, will present an informational talk, “Understanding the H1N1 Flu Virus from an Immunology Standpoint,” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, in Gardner auditorium on the Wayne State campus. The talk is free and open to the public.


Professor Christensen will explain how influenza viruses function; how our immune system handles the virus; why this particular virus (H1N1) may have more potential to spread then a typical "flu" virus; why "healthy" adults can sometimes be affected more than the elderly; and how Tamiflu and similar "antiviral" drugs function. The presentation will run about 40 minutes, followed by a question-and-answer session.


“This is not a talk on how to avoid the virus or what to do if you have it,” Christensen said. “Instead it is designed for people who simply want to understand the virus and how it interacts with our immune system. I will keep the talk as elementary as possible so the general population can get a good handle on the basics of each topic.”


Christensen earned his Ph.D. in biology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1997 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at North Carolina State University in 1998. He is a member of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences. His teaching interests include utilizing the power of molecular biology in a broad range of sciences including medical, environmental and industrial fields, and the battles that rage between our immune system and the rapidly evolving world of bacteria and viruses.

 

For information: Doug Christensen (402) 375-7345

 

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