I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Kausik Datta for this episode. Dr. Datta is a research fellow at Johns Hopkins University. He does research on fungi and how they interact with the immune system. His work is very important in light of the increased incidence of fungal infections due to suppressed or compromised immune systems. Dr. Datta is also a friend of mine, and we have shared many discussions on issues of science in general and public health in particular, so this episode is very much him and I sitting down for a chat. We discussed his upbringing in India, how he got to the United States, and his plans for the future. Dr. Datta’s blog is In Scientio, Veritas, where he takes on pseudo-scientific claims.

The interview is about 20 minutes long. I hope you enjoy it.

You can download the full episode here: http://voicesofpublichealth.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Datta-Interview-Edited.mp3

Dr. Datta’s blog: http://inscientioveritas.org/

Dr. Datta on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kausik-datta-05b9758/

Before the season starts, I thought I’d give you a quick glimpse into a presentation I did in Mexico City a couple of weeks ago. The presentation was a part of a panel discussion on Public Health and The Law. We talked about international regulations for events such as the Ebola outbreak, the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, and current controversies on vaccination. My paper/talk was about The Perfect Epidemiological Surveillance System, or what we could do in Public Health to keep track of the health status of entire populations if money, technology, laws and ethics were not a concern. It’s a kind of “pie in the sky” scenario with a discussion of what we could and could not do. It’s about 15 minutes, and I hope you like it.

The first episode of the first season comes your way next week, so stay tuned.

You can download the episode here: http://voicesofpublichealth.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/LSA-Panel-Surveillance-Presentation.mp3