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Microbe Hunter Ian Lipkin to Speak in Hamilton

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Dr. W. Ian Lipkin will discuss “Bad Bugs on the Big Screen” at a free public presentation at the Hamilton Performing Arts Center November 15.

Dr Lipkin has been invited by the Rocky Mountain Laboratories to be part of their public lecture series. He has helped solve infectious disease mysteries such as West Nile virus, MERS coronavirus, colony collapse in bees, and SARS coronavirus.

His expertise led movie producers in Hollywood to hire him to train Kate Winslet in her role for the 2011 film “Contagion.” Dr. Lipkin, a Columbia University research professor, was scientific adviser for director Steven Soderbergh. The movie has been called one of the most accurate in showing how a disease can rapidly affect the world.

Rocky Mountain Lab scientists have worked with Dr. Lipkin’s group on projects such as the Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

RML Associate Director of Science Marshall Bloom said in a news release, “Ian is probably the only virologist in the world capable of bridging the cutting edge of science to the cutting room floor of Hollywood… This will chronicle the way infectious disease research has been portrayed on the silver screen.”

The presentation will be November 15 at 7 p.m. at Hamilton High School Performing Arts Center, 327 Fairgrounds Road in Hamilton.

RML is part of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health.

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