Posts Tagged ‘Hotez’

ScienceInsider: Global Health at a Discount

Friday, January 30th, 2009

The AAAS ScienceInsider blog reported today on a $34 million Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grant that will fund a global network that aims to cut rates of neglected infectious diseases that disproportionately affect the world’s poorest populations. The post also quotes Peter Hotez, MD, PhD, a Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research Ambassador.

While research and treatment budgets for HIV-AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis have exploded in recent years, many lesser-known tropical diseases have not gotten nearly the same attention—even though their collective disease burden is just as high or higher, and cheap, effective drugs exist for the seven most common ones, says Peter Hotez, president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C., and one of the founders of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases.

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Rogers Society Ambassador Elected to IOM

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Former President Bill Clinton shares the stage with Peter Hotez last month.

Peter Hotez, MD, PhD, George Washington University Medical Center professor and Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research Ambassador, renowned for his efforts to develop vaccines against tropical diseases, was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, GWU announced Monday.

Baltimore Sun: Disparity of Disease

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Peter Hotez, MD, PhDPeter Hotez, MD, PhD, Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research Ambassador and director of the Sabine Vaccine Institute, has an op-ed published in today’s Baltimore Sun.

Since 2001, the government has spent almost $50 billion for national biodefense at sites such as Fort Detrick and other specialty laboratories and universities, and this amount is likely to increase further with ambitious plans to build high-containment laboratories across the country. To be sure, there is an excellent rationale for improving our defense against biological threats. But the diseases that we are preparing against do not currently exist in our country. There is no inhalational anthrax, smallpox or bird flu, and it is unclear whether we are likely to face such biological threats any time soon.

Hotez’s is the perfect call for increased investment in U.S. global health research, and the message that global health is America’s health too.

Washington Post: Fathering Autism

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

One of our Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research Ambassadors, Peter Hotez, is featured in the Health section of the Post today. The article is not however about his work on neglected tropical diseases but rather as the father of a daughter with autism: “Fathering Autism: A scientist wrestles with the realities of his daughter’s illness.”

“It is an ever- increasing snowball of horror — one disappointment after another,” Rachel’s father, Peter Hotez, says about the challenge of dealing with an autistic child. “You recognize the gravity now as she has become a difficult and impossible teenager.”

Hotez’s feelings as a parent of an autistic child might seem unremarkable, except that he also happens to be one of the country’s more prominent vaccine researchers.

He is president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, the chair of George Washington University’s department of microbiology, immunology and tropical medicine, and a consultant to the Gates Foundation, which is helping to develop vaccines to fight neglected diseases.

Neglected tropical disease are here in the US, too

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

The author of this Neglected Tropical Diseases journal article, Peter Hotez, MD, PhD, is one of our Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research Ambassadors and a presenter at the Hill briefing on Monday.

The article received good pickup across national media outlets, including The New York Times. It is a great, if not chilling, example of disease and conditions knowing no borders. It also reminds us that when we think of global health research, the US is a part of that, too.

“Ailments of poverty, including some tropical diseases much more common in poor countries, are a burden in several regions of the United States, a new analysis finds.

The diseases affect thousands of the poor concentrated in the Mississippi Delta, Appalachia, the borderlands with Mexico, poor urban neighborhoods and tribal reservations.”