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2010 John Ring LaMontagne Lecture

Speaker: Peter J. Hotez, M.D., Ph.D.
Walter G. Ross Professor and Chair
Department of Microbiology, Immunology, & Tropical Medicine
The George Washington University
President, Sabin Vaccine Institute

Title: Rescuing the Bottom Billion Through Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2010

Time: 2:00 pm–3:00 pm

Location: Lipsett Amphitheater (inside Building 10/ Clinical Center on the NIH campus), Bethesda, Md.

Peter J. Hotez, M.D., Ph.D., Distinguished Research Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine at The George Washington University and President of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, will present the John Ring LaMontagne Lecture on April 22, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm in the Lipsett Amphitheater. His talk is titled, “Rescuing the Bottom Billion Through Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases.”

Dr. Hotez has devoted his research career to developing vaccines for parasitic diseases, with an emphasis on vaccines for hookworm and schistosomiasis. He is an internationally recognized leader in efforts to control neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), an array of parasitic and other chronic infections that disproportionately debilitate the world’s “bottom billion”—subsistence farmers, urban poor and all those who live on less than a dollar a day. NTDs are largely to blame for keeping the bottom billion in poverty.

In his talk, Dr. Hotez will discuss cost-effective options and advances in combating NTDs and will outline the challenges that remain. He will describe some of the current projects of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, including initiatives aimed at developing vaccines against hookworm and schistosomiasis. If successful, such vaccines could do much to alleviate the burden of disease affecting the bottom billion.

The John Ring LaMontagne Memorial Lecture honors contributions to NIH and public health made by Dr. LaMontagne over the course of his 30-year career with NIAID. LaMontagne was the Institute’s first influenza program officer and the director of NIAID’s Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. He served as NIAID deputy director from 1998 until his untimely death in 2004. LaMontagne’s distinguished leadership in the field of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases earned him international recognition, numerous professional accolades and widespread appreciation and admiration.

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Last Updated April 01, 2010

Last Reviewed March 26, 2010