The 2020 Jack Pridham lecture was a fascinating and informative talk delivered by Dr Liz Whittaker, a consultant in paediatric infectious diseases.
Dr Elizabeth Whittaker, Senior Clinical Lecturer in paediatric infectious diseases and immunology at Imperial College London and at St Mary’s, Paddington, talked on the subject of COVID-19, Impact on Child Health on Tuesday 20 October 2020.
Reassuringly children usually experience mild or limited symptoms when infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 disease. However the pandemic has impacted greatly on child health in other ways, nationally and internationally, including affecting education, vaccine delivery, mental health and emotional and social wellbeing. It is crucial that as the pandemic continues these areas are addressed to prevent a long term effect on this generation.
Watch the full lecture here on our YouTube channel
Dr Whittaker began her talk by describing her own personal link to Royal Holloway through her mother Lynne, an alumna of Botany in 1961, who went on to postdoctoral research in the department on genetic modification and botany and later moved to Ireland.
The annual Jack Pridham lecture celebrates the founder of the Department of Biochemistry (now the Department of Biological Sciences) at Royal Holloway, the late Professor Jack Pridham, who was passionate about promoting accessible science and debating the hot topics of the day, both within and beyond the science community.