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3rd Meeting of the 198th Session (2018-2019)

A Pep Talk: Curing the Common Cold

Dr Peter Barlow

Dr Peter Barlow

Dr Peter Barlow BSc(Hons) PhD FHEA FRSB
Associate Professor of Immunology and Infection
School of Applied Sciences, Edinburgh Napier University

On Monday 26th November 2018, at 7pm

A cure for the common cold has eluded scientists for more than half a century. For many people, catching a cold can be an innocuous annoyance, but for those individuals with existing lung diseases such as asthma, a cold can be extremely dangerous. Despite extensive scientific investigation, there is still no vaccine or treatment for Rhinovirus, the primary cause of the common cold.

In this talk, Dr Peter Barlow will give an overview of the work that has taken place over the past 50 years in terms of finding a cure for the common cold. In addition, he will highlight recent exciting developments in this area, including how molecules found in the human immune system could hold the key to solving the tricky problem that this virus poses.

Dr Peter Barlow's interests lie in studying the human immune system with a view to developing new therapeutics for lung infections, like influenza and rhinovirus (a cause of the common cold). Prior to his post at Edinburgh Napier, he previously worked in the Centre for Inflammation Research at the University of Edinburgh, and in the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention in Atlanta.

Peter is passionate about public engagement with science and is a Media Spokesperson for the British Society for Immunology. His work has been profiled on BBC News, Sky News, ITV News, BBC Countryfile Diaries, BBC Radio, NPR, and in many national and international newspapers.