Robinson Film Center Shreveport, LA


John Vanchiere

Professor of Pediatrics, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

Contagion— Preventing contagion

Hollywood has been terrifying us with pandemic stories for years, and now it may seem like we’re living in one of those movies. Infectious disease expert John Vanchiere helps us separate fact from Hollywood fiction, explaining where new viruses come from, why they pose unique challenges to health care systems, and what should we do to prepare for them. Presented as part of the 2020 National Week of Science on Screen.

Robinson Film Center Shreveport, LA

Film Synopsis

Director Steven Soderbergh’s disaster thriller follows the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills within days.

When Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow) returns to Minnesota from a Hong Kong business trip, she attributes the malaise she feels to jet lag. However, two days later, Beth is dead, and doctors tell her husband (Matt Damon) that they have no idea what killed her. Soon, many others start to exhibit the same symptoms, and a worldwide pandemic erupts. Doctors try to contain the lethal microbe, but society begins to collapse as a blogger (Jude Law) fans the flames of paranoia.

About the Speaker

Chief of LSU Health Shreveport Department of Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases Section, Dr. John Vanchiere earned his doctorate from Emory University before completing both residency and fellowship training at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Vanchiere is the current President of the Louisiana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.