Summary of talk:
Prof Gray will review recent research regarding emerging respiratory virus threats to include avian influenza viruses, the newly described influenza D virus, MERS coronavirus, hand-foot-& mouth disease virus, and the adenovirus killer cold virus. Prof Gray will also review the research DKU is doing in looking for these and other viruses in China.
Gregory C. Gray MD, MPH, FIDSA is an infectious epidemiologist with research interests in zoonotic pathogens, especially respiratory viruses. He currently manages laboratory teams at Duke Kunshan University, Duke University (USA), and Duke-NUS medical school (Singapore). His teams are currently conducting research or training with partners in China, Egypt, Iraq, Malaysia, Mongolia, Pakistan, South Africa, The Philippines, the United States, and Vietnam (see Duke One Health web site at: http://sites.globalhealth.duke.edu/dukeonehealth/).
Dr. Gray’s medical boards are in Preventive Medicine and Public Health. He has conducted diverse epidemiological studies of infectious diseases for 25 years in 5 continents. Much of his work has involved identifying risk factors for occupational diseases, particularly for infectious diseases. He has studied numerous occupational groups including farmers, animal breeders, veterinarians, military personnel, turkey workers, poultry workers, horse workers, hunters, and pig workers. A strong supporter for the One Health approach, he has won multiple One Health research and training grants, established two centers of One Health (USA & Romania) and developed 4 graduate programs in One Health (PhD, MHS, Certificate and Program). He has authored more than 290 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters.
His work in China have resulted in more than 30 research publications, funding as a high-end expert, and a visiting professorship. In 2014, he helped to organize the first One Health International Symposium in China (Guangzhou). He currently serves as principal investigator for a five-year NIH R01 grant studying swine influenza virus transmission in China.
Currently, he serves on various expert panels including those serving the European Union and the US National Academy of Medicine.