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Tropical Infectious Diseases (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Advances in Basic and Translational Research in Tropical Infectious Diseases


March 11-12, 2017


Hotel Galvez
Galveston, TX


Chanaki Amaratunga

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Tropical Infectious Diseases is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education, especially from disease endemic countries, to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The focus of this meeting is advances in basic and translational science. This Seminar is held for the second time, following the very successful GRS in 2015 The GRS will develop the participants' presentation and networking skills by encouraging them to interact closely with selected senior scientist mentors. The Seminar will close with an interactive session on diverse career options in tropical infectious diseases with a panel that will also discuss funding options in biomedical research. Following the GRS, participants are encouraged to apply and attend the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Tropical Infectious Diseases where research topics discussed will include diseases of major medical significance in the developing world, including arboviral diseases, malaria, helminth infections, and other neglected diseases. The meeting will also include thematic sessions in Microbiomes in Tropical Diseases, Advances in Vector Biology and Translational Advances in Vaccines for Tropical Diseases.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Tropical Infectious Diseases" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmControl of Parasite Infection in the Mammalian Host
Discussion Leaders: Carolina Barillas-Mury (National Institutes of Health, USA) and Andrew Pountain (University of Glasgow, United Kingdom)
3:45 pm - 3:55 pmAnderson Guimaraes (National Institutes of Health, USA)
"A Sand Fly Salivary Chemotactic Protein Drives Neutrophil Migration and Exacerbates Leishmania Infection"
3:55 pm - 4:00 pmDiscussion
4:00 pm - 4:10 pmAritri Dutta (West Bengal State University, India)
"Novel Strategy for Protection Against Leishmaniasis Through Activation of TLRs, Cytokines Leading to Renewal of Repopulating Hematopoietic Stem Cells in Bone Marrow: A Non-Self 'Carbohydrate-Complex'"
4:10 pm - 4:15 pmDiscussion
4:15 pm - 4:25 pmSeidina A. S. Diakite (Malaria Research and Training Center (MRTC), University of Bamako, Mali)
"Slow Rise of Plasmodium falciparum Parasitemia in Sickle-Cell Trait Carriers: Poorly Adhesive Mature Forms (Not Rings) Are Retained in the Spleen"
4:25 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmKeynote Session: Challenges for the Young Tropical Infectious Diseases Scientist / Diverse Studies on Diverse Infectious Diseases
Discussion Leaders: Laura-Isobel McCall (University of California, San Diego, USA) and Adriano de Bernardi Schneider (University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:15 pmClaire Panosian Dunavan (David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, USA)
"Dare to Be Different! Striving to Be Smart, Savvy, and Effective as a Young Scientist in a New Era of Infectious Disease"
8:15 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:40 pmUdeshika Kariyawasam (University of Colombo, Sri Lanka)
"Viceralizing Potential of Leishmania donovani, the Causative Agent of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Sri Lanka"
8:40 pm - 8:45 pmDiscussion
8:45 pm - 8:55 pmJingru Fang (University of Texas Medical Branch, USA)
"Proteins Derived from an Aedes Mosquito Midgut Chromobacterium Isolate Inhibit Dengue Virus and Zika Virus Infection In-Vitro"
8:55 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:10 pmAurelien Vigneron (Yale School of Public Health, USA)
"Tsetse's Cardia Tissue: Gatekeeper of Trypanosome Transmission?"
9:10 pm - 9:15 pmDiscussion
9:15 pm - 9:25 pmMegan Ansbro (National Institutes of Health, USA)
"Elucidating the Mechanism of Piperaquine Resistance in Plasmodium falciparum Malaria in Cambodia"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amMalaria, Leishmaniasis, Chagas and Other Tropical Infectious Diseases
Discussion Leaders: Jesus Valenzuela (National Institutes of Health, USA) and Nicolas Salcedo (Simon Fraser University, Canada)
9:00 am - 9:10 amEugenia Lo (University of California, Irvine, USA)
"Transmission Dynamics of Co-Endemic Plasmodium vivax and P. falciparum in Ethiopia and Spread of Resistance Genotypes"
9:10 am - 9:15 amDiscussion
9:15 am - 9:25 amSergio Rodriguez (University of Texas Medical Branch, USA)
"Glycoprotein Studies to Aid Vaccine Developments for Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever"
9:25 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:40 amMarcela Rial (Instituto Nacional de Parasitología "Dr. Mario Fatala Chaben", Argentina)
"Nanoformulations of Benznidazole Against Trypanasoma cruzi Nicaragua In-Vitro and In-Vivo Infection"
9:40 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 9:55 amAbhisheka Bansal (National Institutes of Health, USA)
"Dissecting Functional Roles of Plasmodium falciparum Calcium Dependent Protein Kinases (CDPKs)"
9:55 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:10 amDamaris Matoke-Muhia (Kenya Medical Research Institute, Kenya)
"Sandfly Occurence, Distribution and Diversity in Leishmania-Endemic Regions in Kenya"
10:10 am - 10:15 amDiscussion
10:15 am - 10:25 amNeida Mita Mendoza (Albert Einstein College of Medicine, USA)
"The Nrf2 Pathway: A Potential Target for Cerebral Malaria Adjunctive Therapy"
10:25 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:40 amLaura-Isobel McCall (University of California, San Diego, USA)
"Molecular Mapping of Chagas Disease Determinants"
10:40 am - 10:45 amDiscussion
10:45 am - 10:55 amJoel Vega-Rodriguez (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
"Plasmodium Sporozoite Infection Requires Its Interaction with Mammalian Fibrinolytic Proteins"
10:55 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Diverse Career Options in Tropical Infectious Diseases
Discussion Leaders: Chanaki Amaratunga (National Institutes of Health, USA) and Ogunyemi Oderinlo (Rhodes University, South Africa)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Diverse Career Options in Tropical Infectious Diseases"
  • Carolina Barillas-Mury (National Institutes of Health, USA)
  • Adriana Costero (National Institutes of Health, USA)
  • Claire Panosian Dunavan (David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, USA)
  • Cara Chrisman (CAMRIS, United States Agency for International Development, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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