Two Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) scientists and a Missoula physician will talk about their experiences at the Western African Ebola outbreaks at a public presentation Friday, November 13.

The panel discussion at the Hamilton Performing Arts Center (PAC) will start at 7 p.m. and is free to the public as part of the Rocky Mountain Laboratories public outreach program.

"Ebola: The role of RML and local care professionals in the West African outbreak" will include Emmie de Wit, Ph.D., and Andrea Marzi, Ph.D., of the Hamilton NIAID lab, along with Dr. George Risi, M.D., of Missoula.

Dr. de Wit will discuss the history of Ebola and how the Hamilton facility responded. Dr. Marzi will explain the Ebola vaccine projects at RML. Dr. Risi will will talk about patient care and the use of experimental treatments.

Marzi and de Wit went to outbreak areas in Monrovia, Liberia, various times in 2014 and 2015. Over a dozen experts from RML worked at a field laboratory during those trips, testing blood from over 2,000 patients. Dr. Risi and St Patrick Hospital nurse Kate Hurley cared for several hundred Ebola patients while working with the World Health Organization. Dr. Risi is also the infectious disease adviser to RML.

The latest information on the successful tests of an Ebola vaccine will be discussed.

Rocky Mountain Laboratories is part of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health.