BCM’s National School of Tropical Medicine, headed by world-renowned neglected tropical diseases expert Dr. Peter Hotez and his team, has announced that this year’s “Seminars in Tropical Medicine” course offered at Baylor College of Medicine will no longer be limited to those in the science and research professions. Instead, the school will open the seminars to the public who have an interest in tropical medicine, all in a bid to raise awareness of the global issues surrounding NTDs, as well as to equip and enable advocates to be more pro-active in helping the cause globally, nationally, and locally in communities.
The National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor will manage and teach the series of seminars — seven topical lectures in total — which will take place on Thursdays at the school from March 13 through April 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Bioscience Research Collaborative, 6500 Main Street. This year’s theme, “Tropical Medicine Abroad,” will feature prominent lecturers on the subject, including internationally recognized leader in pediatric HIV/AIDS Dr. Mark Kline, who also chairs the department of pediatrics at Baylor and serves as physician-in-chief at Texas Children’s Hospital. His specific topic for the seminar is entitled, “Serving the Underserved There and Here.”
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The seminar series will draw upon other prominent BCM researchers, with lectures from Dr. Michael Belfort, chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Baylor and obstetrician and gynecologist-in-chief of Texas Children’s Hospital, and Dr. Laila Woc-Colburn, director of medical education at the NSTM at Baylor and director of the tropical medicine clinic at the Harris Health System’s Smith Clinic.
Since 2011, the NSTM has worked to provide training to health care professionals to meet the grossly unmet needs of neglected tropical diseases throughout the world, which have a disproportionately negative effect on the world’s poor — including those who live in poverty in the state of Texas.
Dr. Hotez explained in a recent press release that opening the lecture series to the public is the next step in expanding efforts to draw more awareness to NTDs: “Tropical diseases are the most common afflictions of people living in poverty and among the most potent global forces. We are excited to open lectures on this important topic to the public.”
The cost of the seminar to the public will be $25 per lecture or $150 for the entire series of lectures.