A professor from Oxford Universityl who lives in East Meon, is preparing to give a talk about the Covid pandemic and how life has changed since in April this year.

Years after COVID-19 sent shockwaves through nearly every facet of society, it's seemingly back to business as usual for much of life.

But in some areas life and work seem to have changed fundamentally. Work practises may never be the same again with working from home, at least for part of the week, now being the norm for many.

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One area which continues to gain momentum is the research on coronavirus and its impacts on health and public policy around infectious disease.

After a break for the winter months, East Meon Arts is restarting its programme of events with a talk by Trudie Lang, Professor of Global Health Research at Oxford University and resident of the village of East Meon.

Hampshire Chronicle: Trudie is a professor of global health research at Oxford UniversityTrudie is a professor of global health research at Oxford University (Image: Trudie Lang)

The intriguing title of the talk, which is due to take place in All Saints Church East Meon, is 'Has COVID taught us anything? Around the world in 80 outbreaks.'

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Trudie has had a long and illustrious career beginning in the pharmaceutical industry and Kenya before moving to Oxford University where she has been a professor since 2014 working in the field of infectious diseases.

She was part of a team of Oxford scientists developing clinical trials for therapeutics against Ebola in 2014 and has many stories to tell about how the rollout of drug trials in developing countries such as Liberia can work best where, for example, there is mistrust of health services.

She can also talk about how her experiences, particularly in West Africa, have informed research on clinical trials in complex situations such as refugee camps, natural disasters, and displacement of populations.

Tickets for the talk, which will take place on Saturday, April 27 at 7pm, are £12 each. Tickets can be reserved in advance from Katiwhitaker@gmail.com, bought at the village shop or at the door on the night.