Neglected Tropical Disease Research in Louisiana: Saving Lives and Creating Jobs

Collins C. Diboll Gallery and Auditorium, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (Tidewater Building, 1440 Canal Street), New Orleans, LA
May 15, 2013

Join leaders in the field for a unique forum exploring how neglected tropical diseases are emerging in Louisiana and the southern United States. This important event will feature panels by experts in the NTD field, exploring both the rise of NTDs and NTD research in Louisiana and throughout the region. Even as the threat of these diseases grows locally, researchers at Tulane University, Loyola University New Orleans, Louisiana State University, and elsewhere are working, with both local and federal support, to develop new tools and treatments for use here and abroad.

Admission to the event is free.

Learn more about NTDs in Louisiana here.

Forum Agenda

9:30-9:45 a.m.


10:00-10:30 a.m.

Opening RemarksPierre Buekens, MD, MPH, PhD, Professor and Dean, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine New Orleans

10:30 a.m.-
12:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion: NTDs and NTD Research in Your Backyard: What Does This Mean for Louisiana?

Moderated by: Pierre Buekens, MD, MPH, PhD

  • Patricia Dorn, PhD, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Loyola University New Orleans

  • John B Malone, DVM, PhD, Professor, Department of Pathobiological Sciences, and Director, Office of International Programs, School of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University

  • Raoult C. Ratard, MD, State Epidemiologist, Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals

  • Dawn Wesson, MS, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Tropical Medicine, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

12:00-1:30 p.m.


1:30-3:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion: The importance of federal support in NTD research

Moderated by: Maria Calzada, PhD, Dean Humanities and Natural Sciences, Loyola University New Orleans

  • Kenneth J. Linthicum, PhD, BCE, Center Director, USDA-Center for Medical, Agricultural & Veterinary Entomology
  • Jeffrey C. Luvall, PhD, National Space Science and Technology Center, Global Hydrology and Climate Center, NASA
  • Kristy Murray, DVM, PhD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine

  • Dawn Roellig, MS, PhD, Microbiologist, Waterborne Disease Prevention BranchCenters for Disease Control and Prevention

3:00-3:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks: Pierre Buekens, MD, MPH, PhD

The event will be video recorded and made available after the event at:

Lunch will be served.

Contact Information
Alexandra Frank