Hear about the history and future of infectious disease in Sydney

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Join us for a series of talks at the unique Quarantine Station on North Head. Hear the history of infectious disease in Sydney and learn how medical science is keeping us one sneeze away from the next pandemic.

This event is part of a larger program of activities at the Quarantine Station on Sunday 25th November. See the full agenda here.

TALK - Diagnosing deadly diseases: historical medicine in quarantine

Dr Peter Hobbins

Dr Peter Hobbins, University of Sydney


Dr Peter Hobbins is a historian of science, technology and medicine at the University of Sydney. His interests include the histories of medical research, snakebite, aviation medicine and quarantine. Written with two archaeologists, his 2016 book, Stories from the Sandstone: Quarantine Inscriptions from Australia’s Immigrant Past, won the NSW Community and Regional History Prize in the 2017 Premier’s History Awards.

TALK - 1918 Influenza: What Happened Then and Could it Happen Again?

Prof Eddie Holmes

Professor Eddie Holmes, University of Sydney


Professor Eddie Holmes is known for his work on the evolution and emergence of infectious diseases and his research has provided important insights into the emergence of novel infections. He is Professor in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences and Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney. Eddie has been awarded the NSW Premier’s Prize for Science and Engineering (Biological Sciences) and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and the Royal Society.

Event Detail

November 25, 2018 12:30 pm
November 25, 2018 2:00 pm