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With Arturo Casadevall (Prof. Molecular Microbiology & Immunology, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health) & Brooke Grindlinger (Chief Scientific Officer, NY Academy Of Sciences).
Thu, Jul 18, 2024 @ 07:00 PM   $25   NY Academy Of Sciences, 115 Broadway, 8th Fl

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Join author Arturo Casadevall & the Academy's Chief Scientific Officer Brooke Grindlinger as they dive into the dual nature of fungi-beneficial allies & deadly foes-and Casadevall's new book, What if Fungi Win?
Casadevall, an eminent epidemiologist & inventor, reveals the shared genetic complexity between humans & fungi & unravels the challenges in designing drugs to combat these relentless assailants. In our increasingly hot & humid world, fungi are evolving, posing global outbreak threats. Inspired by the fungal complications during the 1990s AIDS epidemic & the more recent COVID-19 pandemic, Casadevall leads a research team dedicated to finding innovative ways to counter these cunning adversaries.
Casadevall delves into fascinating fungal phenomena, from their proliferation after the mass dinosaur extinction to the historical connection between the rye fungus ergot & the Salem witch trials, & the versatile uses of fungi in creating vegan leather, eco-friendly packaging, & degrading plastic.
Explore the work of scientists assessing fungal risks & safeguarding humanity & our food supplies from these elusive adversaries.

About the Author:
Arturo Casadevall, MD, PhD, is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor & Alfred & Jill Summer Chair of the Department of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Casadevall is the author of more than 1,000 publications, & his key research interests are focused on host defense mechanisms, how fungi cause disease, & the development of antibody-based therapies for infectious diseases.
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