Baylor College of Medicine’s noted professor on tropical diseases, Dr. Peter J. Hotez, M.D., Ph.D., is delivering the 2013 David Packard Lecture at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) on March 5, 2013 at 3 p.m. in the university’s Sanford Auditorium.
Named after USU’s second president, former Deputy Secretary of Defense, and co-founder of the Hewlett-Packard Company, this annual lectureship is the university’s most esteemed honor, with former lecturers including U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, pioneering heart surgeon Dr. Michael DeBakey, and Nobel Laureate Dr. Sydney Brenner in its list of past lecturers.
This year, Dr. Hotez joins the ranks of esteemed Packard Lecturers and will be presenting “Blue Marble Health and the Neglected Tropical Diseases, ” with the topic of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) being one of his lifeworks’ cornerstones along with vaccine development. Aside from being president and director of Sabin Vaccine Institute and the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, he also co-founded the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases that has made vital medicines accessible to over 100 million people.
According to Newswise, Dr. Hotez’ lecture and expertise on NTDs and active role in vaccine research, development and remote dissemination should prove to be an apt expansion of USU’s body of knowledge and awareness as their students are mostly comprised of “active duty uniformed officers in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Public Health Service who have received specialized education in tropical and infectious diseases, preventive medicine, TBI and PTSD, disaster response and humanitarian assistance, and acute trauma care.”
We have reported previously on Dr. Hotez’ efforts to help eradicate NTDs in the Pacific Rim on the SouthWest BioSearch blog, and to make essential medicines and vaccines more accessible in remote locations. Together with recent news that four engineering students from Texas A&M constructed a pedal-powered device that supports remote dissemination of vaccines in developing countries, the Texas biotech and life sciences sector continue to lead the way in their mission to treat tropical disease in the developing world.
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