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National School of Tropical Medicine

Seminar in Tropical Medicine

Fall 2014: Research in Tropical Medicine

Thursdays from Oct. 16 - Dec. 4, 2014

Neglected tropical diseases disproportionately afflict the “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, enroll today in the Baylor College of Medicine National School of Tropical Medicine Seminar in Tropical Medicine to find explore what is and what is not known about these diseases.

The seminar gives you the opportunity to learn from leaders in tropical medicine and global healthcare delivery. In seven lectures this spring experts will explore major advances in the field. As a participant in the series you will learn about gaps and constraints for identifying, preventing, treating and managing neglected tropical diseases

The seminar is offered for credit to students at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine. This semester, for the first time, it is being opened to members of the public with an interest in tropical medicine. 

  • Oct. 16 – Dec. 4: Thursdays, 5:30–7 p.m., Bioscience Research Collaborative, Room 282, 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


The Fall 2014 session of the Seminar in Tropical Medicine will consist of seven lectures held on Thursday 5:30-7 p.m. from Oct. 16 to Dec. 4 at the Bioscience Research Collaborative, Room 282, 6500 Main St., Houston, TX 77030.

Week 1: Oct. 16, 2014

Speaker: Rojelio Mejia, M.D.; Lecture Title: Modern molecular techniques for enteric helminths and protozoa: microbiome to quantitative PCR, the dawn of a new era

Week 2: Oct. 23, 2014

Speaker: Melissa Nolan-Garcia, MPH; Lecture Title: Methods for vector-borne epidemiologic studies

Week 3: Oct. 30, 2014

Speaker: Peter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D.; Lecture Title: NTD and Blue Marble Health

Week 4: Nov. 6, 2014

Speaker: Joe Petrosino, Ph.D.; Lecture Title: The Human Microbiome and its Role in Health and Infectious Disease

Week 5: Nov. 13, 2014

Speaker: Rebecca Rico-Hesse, Ph.D., MPH; Lecture Title: Research on Arboviruses: Dengue and Chikungunya

Week 6: Nov. 20, 2014

Speaker: Oluwatoyin Ajibola Asojo, Ph.D; Lecture Title: Stake Holder Empowerment and Collaborative Research: A double edged sword for the Eradication of NTDs

Week 7: Dec. 4, 2014

Speaker: Pierre Buekens, M.D.; Lecture Title: Congenital Chagas Disease Research


Twice a year in fall (October – December) and spring (March – May) 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/GLHT 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. To register for the lecture(s), click here.

Past Seminar Topics

Global Health Policy – In fall 2012 the focus included a 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 - In spring 2013 the focus was on the concept and need for expanded collaborations between physicians, veterinarians, researchers, and policy makers to attain optimal health for people, animals and the environment.

Globalization and the Impact on Houston Health - In fall 2014 the focus was to present a 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 - In spring 2014 the focus was on tropical medicine abroad particularly in low-resource settings.  The seminar presented 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.