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08/11/2020 1:00 PM Central Time: Covid-19 and the Future of Infectious Disease Study: How Environmental Changes Lead to New Pathogens and Outbreaks 

With over 300 new pathogens emerging over the past 50 years, COVID-19 is just one of a whole series of viruses that has impacted human lives across the globe. Leaders in the scientific community suggest that the increase in these new pathogens is a result of changing animal migration patterns, and shifting environmental conditions. Since Covid-19 seems to have stemmed from a zoonotic source, the discussion on how climate change and animal agriculture may lead to more infectious diseases of this nature is essential. Dr. Joel Baines, Dean of LSU’s School of Veterinary Medicine, will discuss how environmental changes, such as climate change and deforestation, lead to new pathogens and outbreaks that we are seeing around the world.

Dr. Joel Baines has been the dean of the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine since 2014.  Dr. Baines specializes in the study of viral infections, in which he has dedicated much of his work to researching different molecular aspects of Herpes virus        infections. Dr. Baines has been cited over 6,000 times in the scientific and academic community, and his current research focuses on herpesvirus replication and

antiviral measures.





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