It is spring in Athens and that is always an exciting time for the Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases! We always look forward to our annual signature event, the Molecular Parasitology & Vector Biology Symposium. This year will mark the 28th edition of the meeting that brings together students, staff, postdocs, and research scientists from around the southeastern US to focus on the neglected tropical diseases caused by eukaryotic pathogens. This year the symposium will be held on April 26th at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education and will feature talks by students and postdocs from CTEGD and visitors from other universities. In particular, we are excited that Dr. Patricia Johnson, Professor of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics at UCLA will
present the Keynote Address. Dr. Johnson’s research focuses on the molecular and cellular biology of Trichomonas vaginalis, the cause of the most prevalent, non-viral, sexually transmitted infection worldwide. Please make plans to join us in Athens for the symposium.
As you will see in this edition of the CTEGD Newsletter, we have an exciting array of published studies, significant awards, and new grant funding that demonstrate the culture of excellence and scientific productivity by our center’s faculty, staff and students. In addition to multiple awards and recognitions for faculty and their research teams, I’m particularly proud of the spotlight focused on our pre-doctoral and post-doctoral trainees in this edition of the newsletter. Each of these trainees has exciting projects that they lead under the direction of our world-class faculty. Importantly, the CTEGD provides the robust scientific environment that is the venue for training this next generation of leaders in the fight against neglected tropical diseases caused by parasites.
We also have exciting news that our two core activities, the Biomedical Microscopy Core and the Cytometry Shared Resource Laboratory, are adding new instruments and capabilities that will support CTEGD as well as the broader UGA scientific community. We will highlight these new additions in our next newsletter once the instruments are installed. We thank Provost Pamela Whitten and Vice President for Research David Lee for supporting these core facilities with the new instrumentation.
Last but not least I want to thank the donors that provided support for CTEGD activities. All donations, no matter how small or large, help the CTEGD to achieve our mission of “Global Health Through Research.”
~ Dennis Kyle
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