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Watch Dr. Kamran Khan on BBC World News Horizons

Toronto, April 27, 2012

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Dr. Kamran Khan
BBC World News Horizons explores how technology aims to limit the impact of pandemics and natural disasters. For the fifth episode, the program comes to Toronto to speak with Dr. Kamran Khan, Centre for Research on Inner City Health scientist and founder of Bio.Diaspora, a novel web-based technology that analyzes and visualizes global infectious disease threats in real time and predicts how they can spread worldwide through the movements of international travellers.

Tune into BBC World News (in Toronto, Rogers 37/194 or Bell 510) on May 5 and 6 to learn more about how the world is adapting to ever changing threats to public health and the pioneering technologies and response systems – such as Bio.Diaspora – working to predict and respond to worldwide outbreaks of disease and natural disasters.

UPDATE: The episode is now available online at BBC World News.

“If we look at pandemics, historically they’ve happened every 30 to 40 years but the question is ‘is that the same interval we’re going to see in the future?’ and I’m not sure that is the case now as there are a number of global forces converging. The world’s population is getting larger, our interactions with animals are changing and most new diseases, swine or bird flu and even HIV for example, come from animals. We also have climate change and a number of other factors so it may be that in the future, pandemics will be occurring more frequently than we’ve seen in the past,” said Dr. Khan.

Air times (ET):
May 4, 9:30 p.m.
May 5, 4:30 a.m.
May 6, 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.