Dr Kirsty Short
ARC DECRA Fellow, School of Chemistry and Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland
The current obesity and type 2 diabetes epidemics represent two of the biggest health crises of the 21st century. Obesity and type 2 diabetes confer susceptibility to numerous different complications, including severe influenza virus infections. Here, I will discuss our latest research in our understanding of the role of both obesity and diabetes in severe influenza virus infections and what this means for influenza pandemic preparedness. Given that 7 in 10 Australians are overweight/obese and 1 in 11 Australians are living with diabetes this intersection between communicable and non-communicable disease remains of paramount importance.
Dr. Kirsty Short is an ARC DECRA research fellow at the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, The University of Queensland. She completed a PhD in 2013 at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Melbourne. In 2013 she was also awarded an NHMRC CJ Martin Early Career Fellowship to go to the Netherlands to work in the Department of Virosciences at Erasmus Medical Centre. She returned to Australia at the end of 2015. Her group works on many different aspects of the influenza including how the influenza virus affects different animal species, the role of the immune system in severe influenza virus infections and the interactions between severe influenza and chronic medical conditions.
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