The Section of Pediatric Tropical Medicine is dedicated largely to the research of neglected tropical diseases and emerging infectious diseases. The section does basic, clinical, and translational research to complement the educational, clinical, and policy-related activities of the National School of Tropical Medicine.
Our vaccine research and development activities are carried out at Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development.
The Section of Tropical Medicine Laboratories conduct research in tropical medicine including implementation of new diagnostic tools for NTDs, discovering and mapping the structural design of NTD molecules, and a range of other activities surrounding NTDs and related emerging and infectious diseases.
The Section of Pediatric Tropical Medicine and the National School of Tropical Medicine were established in 2011. In conjunction with the establishment of NSTM and the new section, the laboratories responsible for creating the world's first vaccine against hookworm were moved from Washington, D.C., to Houston, Texas to become the Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development.
Why Pediatrics? The Section of Pediatric Tropical Medicine is housed in the Department of Pediatrics because children are disproportionately affected by NTDs - features of NTDs include stunting of physical and cognitive growth, which have lifetime consequences. While NTDs affect people of all ages, interventions are most important and most helpful for children.