Tropical Infectious Diseases From Bench to Field

he 2013 Gordon Conference on Tropical Infectious Diseases: from bench to field, will present cutting edge research on the most prevalent and medically important tropical infectious diseases (TIDs), with special emphasis on research areas that have made significant recent progress. This will be the third time that this particular GRC has been held, and it will retain the general thematic organization of the very successful conference last held in 2011. The intent is to gather a multidisciplinary community of scientists discussing basic and field based or translational research in TIDs.

The 2013 Conference will include disease focused sessions on arboviral diseases (including dengue), filariasis, malaria, leishmaniasis, and tuberculosis. In addition, there will be two thematic sessions, one on enteric infections, vaccines, and nutrition, and the other on vector physiology and disease control. For each session, invited speakers who are at the forefront of their respective fields will strive to discuss how progress made at the bench is being translated to actions in the field, emphasizing interventions based on treatment, vaccination, or interrupting the transmission cycle in the vector or reservoir hosts. An important goal of the Conference is to attract junior scientists and graduate students, including those from disease endemic countries, to present their work in poster format and exchange ideas with leaders in the field. Some poster presenters will be selected for short oral presentations. The Conference will be held in a historic seaside hotel in Galveston, Texas, which offers relaxing beaches and one of the best-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the country. The presentations of cutting edge research, along with the programmed discussion sessions and opportunities for informal gatherings in the afternoons and evenings, will serve to greatly enrich the community of multidisciplinary scientists working on TIDs.

Please note that a limited number of travel awards will be granted to participants from diseases endemic countries. Registrants should contact the chair to indicate their interest in applying for a travel award.
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Keynote Presentation I: Eroding Silos and Bridging Barriers that Separate Discovery Science from Global Infectious Diseases Solutions
(Chris Wilson)
Keynote Presentation II: Translational Research and Development Priorities Supported by PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative
(David Kaslow)
Enteric Infections, Vaccines and Nutrition
(Bill Petri / Beth Kirkpatrick / Edward Ryan / Cherry Kang / Dick Guerrant / Bill Petri)
Visceral Leishmaniasis
(Jennie Blackwell / Peter Melby / Ricardo Gazzinelli / Jennie Blackwell)
Malaria
(Marcelo Jacobs-Lorena / Photini Sinnis / Sangeeta Bhatia / Peter Crompton / Rick Fairhurst / Marcelo Jacobs-Lorena)
Vector Physiology and Disease Control
(Serap Aksoy / Jesus Valenzuela / Laura Harrington / Serap Aksoy)
Arboviruses
(Stephen Whitehead / Ted Pierson / Ary Hoffmann / Mark Heise / Aravinda de Silva / Anna Durbin)
Filariasis
(Elodie Ghedin / Shelly MIchalski / Judy Allen / Elodie Ghedin)
Tuberculosis
(Willem Hanekom / David Tobin / Sarah Fortune / Joanne Flynn / Tom Hawn / Willem Hanekom)
Keynote Presentation III: Pathogenic Functions of CD4 T Cells in TB and TB/HIV Co-Infections
(Alan Sher)
Keynote Presentation IV: Current Status in the Development of a Live, Attenuated Sporozoite Vaccine Against Falciparum Malaria
(Stephen Hoffman)

10 Feb - 15 Feb 2013
Galveston
United States of America
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