Global Health Research and Development and the Hidden Burden of Neglected Tropical Diseases in Texas

Global Health Research and Development and the Hidden Burden of Neglected Tropical Diseases in Texas

Global Health Research and Development and the Hidden Burden of Neglected Tropical Diseases in Texas

Houston, Texas
June 7, 2012

 

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Join leaders in the field for a unique forum exploring how neglected tropical diseases are also public health threats shared by the U.S., Mexico and Central America. Evidence emerging over the past decade points to the importance of selected NTDs in the U.S., including Chagas disease, cysticercosis, dengue, and leishmaniasis as important infections among the poor living in the Southern U.S., especially in Texas. These conditions disproportionately affect people of color and those living in poverty.
 
The goal of this event is to raise the profile of this serious global health trend and demonstrate the need for the development of new prevention, control and treatment tools and strategies.
 
 
 
Location and Venue:
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
Forum: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cullen Auditorium and Rayzor Lounge, Roy and Lillie Cullen Building, 1 Baylor Plaza
Reception: 3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Trevisio Restaurant and Conference Center, 6550 Bertner St

Parking is available all day at the Trevisio Restaurant on Bertner Street for event attendees. Please make sure to validate with Trevisio.

 
Panel Moderator: Karen A. Goraleski, Executive Director, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Forum Agenda*
 
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.   Breakfast
9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.  

Opening Remarks:
Peter J. Hotez
, MD, PhD, Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine

9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.   Plenary lecture: Fifty years of global health in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Texas
Joseph McCormick, MD, Regional Dean, University of Texas, Brownsville
10:30 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.   Panel Discussion: Landscape of Neglected Diseases in Texas and Mesoamerica
   
10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.

Neglected Parasitic Diseases

Panelists:
Peter Melby, MD, Director, Center for Tropical Diseases, University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB)
Sue Montgomery, MPH, DVM, CDR, Epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Jesus Valenzuela, PhD, Chief, Vector Molecular Biology Section, National Institutes of Health

11:20 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

Neglected Viral and Bacterial Diseases

Panelists:
Susan Fisher-Hoch, MD, Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Baylor College of Medicine
Harold Margolis, MD, Chief, Dengue Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Kristy Murray, PhD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine

12:10 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.   Lunch
1:00 p.m. - 1:40 p.m.  

Lunchtime Plenary Lecture: From NTD treatment to prevention: The path towards vaccine introduction in the Americas
Jon Andrus, MD, Deputy Director, Pan American Health Organization

1:40 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.  

Panel Discussion: New Tools and the Strategies for Their Development: Partnerships, Funding, and Texas Research

Panelists:
Maria Elena Bottazzi, PhD, Director Product Development, Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, Baylor College of Medicine
Bruce Lee, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Biomedical Informatics, University of Pittsburgh
Rebecca Rico Hesse, PhD, MPH, Scientist, Texas Biomedical Research Institute

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  

Closing Remarks:
Peter J. Hotez, MD, PhD, Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine

3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.   Reception at Trevisio Restaurant hosted in collaboration with Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine
* Please note minor changes to the program
 
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The event will be video recorded and made available after the event at: http://www.researchamerica.org/app/webroot/blog/?p=4152

 

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