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‘Zika: Epidemic or Health Scare’ is MCCC Lecture Topic April 26

04/19/17


Dr. Gilbert Honigfeld

Clinical research psychologist Dr. Gilbert Honigfeld will discuss the challenges of dealing with the Zika virus during a lecture at Mercer County Community College April 26.

WEST WINDSOR – The real story behind the reports of the Zika virus and what it means in terms of public health is the topic of an upcoming lecture at Mercer County Community College (MCCC).

Clinical research psychologist Dr. Gilbert Honigfeld will present his lecture “Zika 2017: Epidemic or Just a Passing Health Scare” as part of MCCC’s Distinguished Lecture Series at noon on Wednesday, April 26, in room 109 of the Communications Building on the college’s West Windsor Campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

During his lecture, Honigfeld will address the headlines and heartbreaking pictures of newborns exposed to the Zika virus, many with severe birth defects and dismal prospects. He will explain why the epidemic is not over, and will explore what the immediate future may look like now that mosquito season is approaching in New Jersey. Audience questions and open discussion will be encouraged.

Honigfeld has deep roots in the area and has demonstrated a wide range of research interests, including his book Dead End, which deals with the theory of occult infection and abnormal behavior, recounting an important chapter in American psychiatry that centered at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital. A second book, The Prostitute’s Pupil, deals with the history and impact of the brain-damaging disease syphilis.

Honigfeld received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University and his master’s and and Ph.D. from Temple University.

For more information on MCCC’s Distinguished Lecture Series, call (609) 570-3324 or visit www.mccc.edu/events.

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