The Spur Questionnaire: Dr. Ubaka Ogbogu

Ubaka Ogbogu
Dr. Ubaka Ogbogu

Dr. Ubaka Ogbogu is an associate professor of law at the University of Alberta, with a cross-appointment to the Faculty of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences. He teaches and researches in the fields of health law and science policy studies, public health law, law and bioethics, legal history of science and medicine, pharmacy law and ethics, and the law of torts. He will be participating in our panel on Infectious Disease and Public Health.

Tell us about your participation in the 2015 Spur Festival.
I will be speaking about disease migration and global policy responses to infectious diseases.

What do you hope Spur Festival attendees will take away from your session?
Global response to infectious diseases is characterized by policy cacophony, confusion and knee-jerkery. We can do better.

What are you most looking forward to about the Spur Festival?
Being at a festival where art and ideas are celebrated.

What is the one item you never leave home without?
A good shoe.

Which book is currently on your nightstand?
Congo: The Epic History of a People by David van Reybrouck.

In the last year, what is the longest you have gone ‘unplugged’? No internet, no cell phone, etc.
Lol. Really?

Who was the last person you texted?
My wife.

The animated show The Jetsons was set in 2062. Is there anything from their futuristic world that wish were a current reality?
Healthy clones.

How do you prefer to communicate with colleagues: by phone, email, text or in person? How do you prefer to communicate with friends?
In person.

What are you most looking forward to about Calgary?
One-way streets.

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