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Tropical Infectious Diseases (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Challenges, Opportunities and Successes


March 7-8, 2015


Hotel Galvez
Galveston, TX


Stefanie Trop

Meeting Description

The 2015 Gordon Research Seminar on Tropical Infectious Diseases is a unique forum for junior scientists to share their basic science and translational research, as well as work closely with selected senior scientist mentors. The GRS will develop participants' presentation, networking and writing skills, closing with an interactive session on manuscript submission with journal editors.

Research topics discussed will include diseases of major medical significance in the developing world, including malaria, arboviruses, and other neglected tropical diseases that will be presented at the following GRC.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Tropical Infectious Diseases" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Final Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmControl of Parasite Infection in the Mammalian Host
Discussion Leader: Serap Aksoy (Yale University School of Medicine, USA)
3:45 pm - 3:55 pmLaura-Isobel McCall (University of California, San Diego, USA)
"Drug Repurposing, Sterol 14α-Demethylase, and Visceral Leishmaniasis Treatment: Target Validation and Novel Inhibitor Scaffolds"
3:55 pm - 4:00 pmDiscussion
4:00 pm - 4:10 pmAllen Nalugwa (Makerere University, Uganda)
"Intestinal Schistosomiasis and Effect of Praziquantel Treatment in Preschool Children Along Lake Victoria Shoreline in Uganda"
4:10 pm - 4:15 pmDiscussion
4:15 pm - 4:25 pmNatalie Robinett (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA)
"What Is a Hemolytic Protein Like You Doing in a Red Blood Cell Parasite Like This?"
4:25 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmKeynote Session: Dengue and Vector Control
Discussion Leader: Terrie Taylor (Michigan State University, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:15 pmEva Harris (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
"Keynote: Unraveling Complexity: Defining Viral and Immunological Determinants of Dengue Virus Fitness and Disease Severity"
8:15 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:40 pmXin Zhao (Yale School of Public Health, USA)
"Immunogenicity and Serological Cross-Reactivity of Saliva Proteins Among Different Tsetse Species"
8:40 pm - 8:45 pmDiscussion
8:45 pm - 8:55 pmDamaris Matoke-Muhia (International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, Kenya)
"Sand Fly Diversity and Visceral Leishmania Transmission in Northern Kenya"
8:55 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:10 pmSamwel Okello (International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, Kenya)
"Diversity of the Vectors of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) Along the Livestock Movement Routes in the North Eastern and Coastal Regions of Kenya."
9:10 pm - 9:15 pmDiscussion
9:15 pm - 9:25 pmJewelna Osei-Poku (Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, Ghana)
"Could Misuse of Antimicrobials Pose a Threat to Malaria Elimination Efforts?"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amMalaria, Schistosomiasis, Trypanosomiasis, and Leptospirosis
Discussion Leaders: Grace Murilla (Biotechnology Research Institute, Kalro, Kenya) and Jesus Valenzuela (National Institutes of Health, USA)
9:00 am - 9:10 amChanaki Amaratunga (National Institutes of Health, USA)
"Declining Efficacy of Frontline Anti-Malarial Treatment in Cambodia"
9:10 am - 9:15 amDiscussion
9:15 am - 9:25 amJoseph Conrad (Vanderbilt University, USA)
"Distributed 3D Printing in Development and Field Testing of High Sensitivity Malaria RDTs"
9:25 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:40 amPurnima Gupta (University of Calcutta, India)
"Leishmania donovani Manipulates AKT Mediated β-Catenin and FOXO-1 Regulation to Inhibit Host Cell Activation and Apoptosis"
9:40 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 9:55 amJose Ramirez (National Institutes of Health, USA)
"Molecular Interactions Modulating Immune Priming in Anopheles gambiae"
9:55 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:10 amBenson Nyambega (Maseno University, Kenya)
"Tetratricopeptide Repeat Proteins - Likely Targets for Novel Trypanocidals"
10:10 am - 10:15 amDiscussion
10:15 am - 10:25 amRichard Echodu (Gulu University, Uganda)
"One Hundred Fifteen Years of Combating Human African Trypanosomiasis: A Case Study of Uganda, Lessons Learnt and Future Prospects for Its Elimination"
10:25 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:40 amJanet Lindow (Yale University, USA)
"Defects in the Innate Immune Response Lead to Poor Outcomes During Human Leptospirosis"
10:40 am - 10:45 amDiscussion
10:45 am - 10:55 amFederico Costa (Centro de Pesquisas Gonçalo Moniz, Fundação Oswald, Brazil)
"Ecoepidemiology of Leptospirosis in Urban Slums: Patterns of Pathogenic Leptospira Shedding in Norway Rats (Rattus norvegicus) in a Brazilian Slum Community"
10:55 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Grant Writing Workshop
Discussion Leader: Stefanie Trop (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
  • Philip Rosenthal (University of California, San Francisco, USA)
  • Photini Sinnis (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes

Funding for this conference was made possible [in part] by 1 R13 AI115832-01 from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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