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WN@tL: “Respiratory Viruses of Children & Adults”
March 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Speaker: Katie Schmit
Respiratory viral infections in children and adults have a tremendous impact on people and healthcare worldwide. Economically, these infections account for both direct medical costs along with indirect costs related to missed days of school and work.
Influenza virus, one of these respiratory viruses, results in about 650,000 deaths annually. Due to changing viral antigenic properties, transmissibility, and circulating immunity in the population, influenza has caused several pandemics throughout history in addition to seasonal epidemics. Although these viral antigens are unique to influenza, the concepts of transmission, immunity and interaction between animals and humans are key to understanding the impact of other respiratory viruses.
Speaker Bio:Kathryn Schmit is a physician-scientist with a research focus on viral upper respiratory infections in pediatric patients. She was born in St. Charles, Illinois and earned her undergraduate degree in biochemistry at University of Wisconsin-Madison. She then earned her medical degree at St. George’s University in Grenada and completed her pediatric residency at UW-Madison. She is now in her second year of Pediatric Infectious Disease fellowship and her first year of Primary Care Research Fellowship through Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. Following fellowship, she plans to hold an academic position within pediatric infectious disease that incorporates clinical practice, public and global health with a focus on epidemiology and disease prevention.