Battling Plagues – One after Another

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Penang-born scientist Dr Mary Jane Cardosa’s commitment to public health is unwavering.

The Dr Wu Lien-Teh Society conducts annual public lectures to showcase contributions made by notable medical figures in the realm of public health. Now in its fourth edition, this year saw Dr Mary Jane Cardosa, the founder and chief scientific officer of Sentinext Therapeutics, speaking on the topic of “Virology in the Jungle: Pay Attention to What Matters to Local Communities” at Penang Institute.

For much of her career, Cardosa has been actively involved in disease surveillance activities, especially for dengue, Japanese encephalitis (JE), enterovirus 71 (EV71) and other emerging diseases, as well as outbreak control. Her laboratory was central in working with public health authorities to manage outbreaks of infectious diseases, particularly in Sarawak.


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