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Insights and Solutions for Emerging Infectious Diseases Symposium

March 27, 2013

Durham, NC –The Duke Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Department of Immunology and Global Health Institute and the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore will convene the Insights and Solutions for Emerging Infectious Diseases symposium in the Jones Research Building April 22 and 23.

The aim of this two-day symposium is to bring together investigators from Duke University, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and various institutes in the Research Triangle to share their work, exchange ideas and identify collaborations in tackling infectious diseases.

The symposium will cover both basic and applied research relevant to emerging infectious diseases (EID). It is envisaged that bringing together investigators from two sides of the world will lead to broad ranging discussions on molecular biology, pathogenesis, evolution and transmission of emerging pathogens, leading to development of novel diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines that effectively address this global problem.

Symposium co-organizer Soman Abraham, PhD, who has research laboratories at Duke and Duke-NUS, anticipates that the symposium will help to further enhance ties and interactions between Duke and Duke-NUS faculty.

Barton Haynes, MD, professor of medicine and immunology and director of the Duke Human Vaccine Institute, and Bryan Cullen, PhD, professor of molecular genetics and microbiology, will give keynote presentations.

Linfa Wang, PhD, director of the Program in Emerging Infectious Diseases at Duke-NUS, will also present.

“Dr. Wang runs a BSL4 lab in Geelong, Australia, where his team is discovering new viruses on a regular basis,” said Joseph Heitman, MD, PhD, James B. Duke Professor and chair of MGM. “He is the person who discovered that many new viruses that infect humans cross over from bats, and that you could culture novel viruses in bat tissue culture cells, as featured in the movie Contagion.”

Download schedule and speaker list [PDF, 393KB]

Registration is not required.

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