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July 2011 Seminar Series
The National Institutes of Health is pleased to welcome Dr. Peter Hotez as the featured speaker for the NIH Health Disparities Seminar Series on July 28, 2011.

It has become increasingly evident that many populations that suffer a greater burden of chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer, also experience disproportionate rates of a range of parasitic and other infectious diseases. These so-called neglected infections of poverty or "NIoPs" are endemic to many areas of the U.S. where extreme poverty is found, including Appalachia, the Mississippi Delta, Louisiana (in the wake of Hurricane Katrina), the U.S.-Mexico border, and inner cities throughout the country. Major NIoPs include Chagas disease, cysticercosis, and congenital cytomegalovirus, in addition to toxocariasis, toxoplasmosis, and trichomoniasis. These "three C's and three T's" affect tens of millions of Americans, most of them from African American and Hispanic minority populations. (Click here for abstract)

Dr. Peter Hotez, an internationally-recognized clinician and investigator in neglected tropical diseases and vaccine development, will describe this underappreciated health challenge and outline a national response encompassing increased surveillance and the development of new or improved drugs, diagnostics, and vaccines. A leader in the study of such diseases as hookworm, schistosomiasis, Chagas disease, and leishmaniasis, Dr. Hotez serves as President of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, President of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and Editor-in-Chief of PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. He also currently serves on the NIH Council of Councils and is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Presentation Title: "Left Behind in America: Our Nation's Neglected Infections of Poverty"

Guest Speaker:
Dr. Peter J. Hotez (Click here for bio)
President of the Sabin Vaccine Institute

NIH Record: Worm Infections Plague World's Poorest Populations

Date/Time: Thursday, July 28, 2011
2:00 - 3:30 P.M.

Location: NIH Campus
Natcher Building, Balcony A
45 Center Drive
Bethesda, MD

Additional Information: There is limited parking on the NIH campus. The closest Metro is Medical Center. Please allow adequate time for security check. The seminar will be video cast and made available in the NIH Video archives and on the NIMHD website within a few days following the seminar. Sign language Interpreters will be provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Edgar Dews at 301-402-1366 and/or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).

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