The Unsung Heroes in Our Battle against Infectious Disease

Date(s) - 04/17/2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Emerson Hall Auditorium, 304


The John Shaw Billings History of Medicine Society, along with the IU Student History of Medicine Organization and the Ruth Lilly Medical Library, present the History of Medicine Speaker Series 2017.

On Monday, Dr. William Sullivan, a Showalter Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Microbiology, and Immunology at the IU School of Medicine will discuss the unsung heroes in our battle against infectious disease.

Humanity has always been at war with infectious agents, but it wasn’t until 1860 that Louis Pasteur famously theorized that microbes (first observed by Antony van Leeuwenhoek in the 1600s) cause disease. It took another 70 years before Alexander Fleming noticed that Penicillium mold produced a substance that killed bacteria. While most people are familiar with these luminaries, others in the field are not as well known: Francesco Redi, Ignaz Semmelweis, Theobald Smith, Mary Hunt, and a cow named Blossom. This presentation will celebrate some of the “unsung heroes” whose victories are often neglected from the infectious disease saga.

This presentation is free and open to the public, but space is limited, so please RSVP to to reserve a place. Once your spot is booked, feel free to come early for free pizza!