2024 1st Annual Symposium Recap

We're thrilled to reflect on the resounding success of the inaugural "Tropical and Emerging Infectious Diseases for Clinicians and Translational Scientists" symposium hosted by UTMB's SPECTRE program and Center for Tropical Diseases. This event, held from April 9-12, 2024, brought together a diverse group of experts, fostering dynamic discussions on the frontiers of infectious disease research. Highlights included presentations by leading scientists and clinicians, engaging case scenario discussions that challenged attendees to tackle complex research questions, and immersive tours of the Galveston National Lab and Biocontainment Care Unit—pillars in the global fight against infectious diseases. The symposium culminated in a vibrant poster session, showcasing recent advances by trainees.

Pictured above: Dr. Abraar Karan MD, MPH of Stanford University

Pictured above: Dr. Aide Cornielle and Shanti Turbi Cornielle

We are pleased to announce our award recipients:

Trainee Speaker Award:
Dr. Andrew Platt, NIH
Dr. Katherine Reifler, BU

Trainee Poster Presentations:

1st Madison Farnsworth, PhD Student at University of Texas Medical Branch in Human Pathophysiology and Translational Medicine

"Unmasking Yellow Fever Vaccines: Real World Data Identifying Long-Term Effects"

2nd Justine Ortega-Mendez, PhD Student at University of Texas Medical Branch in Pharmacology and Toxicology

"Elucidating the Role of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor GAMMA (PPARyDuring Cryptosporidium Infection"

3rd Ramaya Smithaveni Barre, PhD Student at University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio in Biomedical Sciences

"Nluc-expressing Influenza A Viruses for Effective Evaluation of Viral Infections"

Trainee Innovation Award:

Gowtham Anche and Luis Peril - Medical Students at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine

"Legionella in Harlem: Examining the Influence of Social Determinants of Health"

Their work not only enriched the symposium but also underscored the collaborative spirit crucial for advancing the field of infectious diseases.


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