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This episode we are joined by 2019 TEDxLondon speaker Professor James Logan, who will be sharing his latest research, investigating whether dogs can be trained to detect the odour of COVID-19 infection in humans. Watch James’ 2019 talk on “How we're using dogs to sniff out malaria” here.

Conversations Beyond Borders is a virtual space for our community to come together, go beyond the headlines and explore ideas worth spreading from our amazing network of speakers. Since we started these lunchtime sessions at the end of March, we have had over 8000 viewers from 58 different countries.

This week’s conversation will be hosted by TEDxLondon Director and Curator Maryam Pasha. You can join the conversation via Zoom or watch live on our Facebook page. Conversations Beyond Borders is made possible by the generous support of our Headline Partner, Citi.

Friday 24 July

12:30pm – 1:30pm BST

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Professor James Logan

Professor James Logan is the Head of the Department of Disease Control at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Director of ARCTEC. James leads a large, international research portfolio, investigating new ways to detect and control diseases, mainly including malaria, Zika, dengue, trachoma and Lyme disease. His work also aims to identify and understand chemical signals given off by the human body during infection, and use these as biomarkers of diseases for the development of non-invasive diagnostics.

Recently, his team identified volatile biomarkers of malaria and, working in collaboration with Medical Detection Dogs and Durham University, demonstrated that dogs can be trained to detect malaria with high accuracy. Most recently, James and the same collaborative team were awarded more than £500,000 from the UK government to investigate whether dogs can be trained to detect the odour of COVID-19 infection in humans.

As part of his role, he is called on regularly to advise the UK government and other international organisations on aspects of disease control. Additionally, he is a Science Ambassador for the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Network and presents a wide variety of television programmes for the BBC and Channel 4.

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