Neglected tropical diseases disproportionately afflict the "bottom billion," the world's poorest people, and contribute to keeping them and their children living in poverty.

Are you considering a career focused on helping those living in poverty?

Are you a professional who works in areas impacted by these diseases?

Are you searching for ways you can help either as a professional or volunteer?

If you answered yes to any of these, the Baylor College of Medicine National School of Tropical Medicine Seminar in Tropical Medicine will help you explore what is and what is not known about these diseases.

Fall 2016: Tropical Medicine Abroad

The course is comprised of weekly lectures from leadership in the health care systems in Houston as well as faculty and subject matter experts, representing Texas Medical Center institutions, on topics in tropical medicine. The objective is to present major advances, gaps and constraints for identifying, preventing, treating and managing neglected tropical diseases that disproportionately afflict "the bottom billion," the world's poorest people and to discuss innovative and effective solutions to these challenges.

The seminar is offered for credit to students at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine. The seminar is open to members of the public with an interest in tropical medicine.

  • Oct. 13 - Dec. 1, 2016: Thursdays, 5:30-7 p.m., Bioscience Research Collaborative, Room 286, 6500 Main St., Houston, TX 77030
  • Open to all graduate, medical and allied health students (Note: the seminar is also open to the Houston-wide community as a non-credit course)
  • 1 term credit
Schedule

Date

Lecturer

Lecture Title

Oct. 13

Zachery Solomon

Global Health - A Student's Experience

Oct. 20

Kristy O. Murray, D.V.M, Ph.D.

Disease Eradication in Bangladesh and the Philippines

Oct. 27

Laila Woc-Colburn, M.D.

A Doctor’s adventures among the Cakchiquel Indians and Hospital Roosevelt in Guatemala

Nov. 3

Jill E. Weatherhead, M.D.

Evolution of the Hygiene Hypothesis

Nov. 10

Herbert L. DuPont, M.D.

A Personal Odyssey in Global Research – A Hobby Designed to Improve World Health

Nov. 17

Sarah Bezek, M.D.

Working Round the Clock to Bridge the Gap -- Tropical Medicine Emergencies in an Underserved Population

Dec. 1

Michael A. Belfort, M.D., Ph.D.

Vesicovaginal Fistula and its Management

Registration

Twice a year in fall (October - December) and spring (March - April) the seminar is offered to the students of Baylor College of Medicine (GS-TM-466) and Rice University. The seminar is cross-listed as BIOE 510/GKHT 510 at Rice University; students at Rice can register for the course in the ESTHER system.

The seminar is also open to the public for $25 per lecture. Register for the lecture(s).

Seminar Topics

Global Health Policy - variety of global health policy topics such as science and technology policy, health law and policy, health policy and planning for the elimination of health disparities and the reduction of poverty along with a contemporary policy debate.

One Health - concept and need for expanded collaboration between physicians, veterinarians, researchers, and policy makers to attain optimal health for people, animals and the environment.

Globalization and the Impact on Houston Health - perspective from the viewpoint of collaborative and multiple disciplines working together to attain optimal health for the Houston Community and the environment in the city of Houston in light of its ongoing growth and new globalization expansion.

Tropical Medicine Abroad - Tropical medicine abroad particularly in low-resource settings. The seminar presents major advances, gaps and constraints for identifying, preventing, treating and managing neglected tropical diseases that disproportionately afflict "the bottom billion," world's poorest people and to discuss innovative and effective solutions to these challenges.

Tropical Medicine Research - understanding of research in topics related to tropical medicine from the initial idea to proposal stage through completion and outcomes/research findings.