Disease Detectives

February 4, 2020 6:45 PM

Doors Open: 6:15 PM
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RESERVATION Public Onsale: December 12, 2019 5:16 PM to February 4, 2020 6:45 PM
Disease Detectives in a Connected World

In our connected world, diseases can emerge in unexpected places. The movement of humans, animals, and cargo transports pathogens to new locations where these threats may lurk undetected, putting populations at risk. Hear from experts working on the frontlines and learn how disease surveillance is discovering familiar pathogens in new places, such as Chagas in D.C. and Chronic Wasting Disease in Virginia and Maryland. Talk with these "disease detectives" and find out how they track down elusive pathogens to stop their spread.


- Katrina Lohan, Ph.D., Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
- Rachel Marcus, M.D., Medical Director, Latin American Society of Chagas
- Ryan Maddox, Ph.D., Prion and Public Health Officer, Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, CDC

This program is offered in connection with the exhibition "Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World" on view at the National Museum of Natural History.

Accessibility: Access services such as American Sign Language interpretation, real-time captioning (CART), or audio description are available with two-weeks advanced notice. To request this service, please call (202) 633-5238 or e-mail This event is wheelchair accessible.
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