Dr. Ilaria Capua is an internationally recognized virologist, and a world expert in avian influenza and other animal viruses. Following her effort to make genetic information about viruses more accessible in the interest of finding faster cures, she was unknowingly put under investigation, as she was central in moving viral information and samples to colleagues worldwide. Wire taps and clandestine evidence gathering filled a file, that eventually would be discovered, leaked and maliciously reinterpreted, alleging that Dr. Capua was the mastermind of an international virus trafficking ring. She was accused in the media, without evidence, of providing viruses for others to spread so that she could profit from vaccines produced. These false allegations left her facing life in prison. Years later the charges were completely dismissed as manufactured claims by the media. However, the events were life changing. Today Dr. Capua has channeled her energies into broadening science education, and continuing her outstanding work as a virologist. In the second half of the podcast she provides her expert interpretation of the 2019 nCov Coronavirus outbreak, its origin, risks and concerns.
Published February 8th, 2020
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have designated Nov. 3 as “One Health Day”, an opportunity to reflect on the connections between human, animal and environmental health. Dr. Ilaria Capua, director of the University of Florida’s One Health Center of Excellence for Research and Training, will discuss why the One Health approach is so important for understanding how to address shared health threats at the human-animal-environment interface. She’ll also discuss why she believes the arts also play a role in One Health, and how multidisciplinary and cultural approaches may help advance understanding of fundamental concepts that are key to advancing health awareness in all aspects of society
Dr. Ilaria Capua
Published November 2, 2018