Final Max Planck Florida Institute Lecture on Threat of Plagues

March 21, 2011

Dr. Stefan H.E. Kaufmann, founding director and director of the department of immunology at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin, will provide a talk on the “Threat of Plagues” on Wednesday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at the Royal Poinciana Chapel in Palm Beach. This free, public event will be the final lecture in a three-part series hosted this season by the Max Planck Florida Institute.

Dr. Kaufmann, who also serves as Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the Charité University Clinics in Berlin, will describe the threat of infectious diseases and discuss the strategies to prevent pandemics around the world.

“Historically, infectious diseases and epidemics have decimated entire populations, triggered mass migrations and decided the outcome of wars,” said Dr. Kaufmann. “The threat of infectious diseases still hangs over us today – now more than ever due to the quickening pace of globalization. Infectious diseases affect every facet of our lives. Besides being the focus of research and medicine, they shape society and culture and have a significant economic and political impact.”

In addition to his public lecture, Dr. Kaufmann will also visit a local high school earlier that day in coordination with the Palm Beach County School District. On March 31, he will be part of a panel discussion on “Tuberculosis: A neglected pandemic” at the German House in New York City, hosted by the German Center for Research and Innovation.

The Max Planck Florida Institute lecture series is free and open to the public. All lectures will be held in the Fellowship Hall at the Royal Poinciana Chapel, 60 Cocoanut Row in Palm Beach. Seating is limited and can be reserved by calling 561.972.9007 or rsvp at