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Peter Doherty: An Insider’s Plague Year

This conversation, originally scheduled to take place on Thursday 5 August was cancelled. This was in response to escalating changes in Victorian public health advice and recommendations in place following an event at the Wheeler Centre on Wednesday 4 August. More information can be found here.

‘I’ve worked on aspects of infection and immunity for almost six decades, I am an insider.’

With a lengthy and highly-awarded career in research and medicine, including the 1996 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work in immunology research, Peter Doherty knows infectious diseases like no other. Throughout 2020, as the world grappled with the impact of COVID-19, he and his team were at the forefront of Australia’s scientific response to the pandemic.

In his new book, An Insider’s Plague Year, Doherty shares an illuminating glimpse behind the scenes of the fights against the virus, coupling memoir with keen scientific insight. In this special Fifth Estate conversation with host Sally Warhaft, Doherty will discuss the role of medical research and public health policy during a pandemic, and where the future of science and medicine will take us. 

 The bookseller for this event is The Paperback Bookshop.

The Fifth Estate: Peter Doherty: An Insider's Plague Year

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Portrait of Peter Doherty

Peter Doherty

A graduate of the University of Queensland School of Veterinary Science, Peter Doherty shared the 1996 Nobel Medicine Prize for his immunology research and was the 1997 Australian of the Year.

Since then, he has gone in to bat for evidence-based reality, relating to areas as diverse as childhood vaccination, global hunger and anthropogenic climate change. So far, he has published six books on science including The Incidental Tourist and his latest, An Insider's Plague Year.

Portrait of Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She is the host of The Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, and The Leap Year, a Wheeler Centre podcast about Australians' lives in the fog of the Covid-19 pandemic. She is a former editor of the Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.

Sally is a regular host and commentator on ABC radio and has a PhD in anthropology. She did her fieldwork in Mumbai, India, living by the seashore with the local fishing community.

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