For the first time, the "Seminars in Tropical Medicine" course at Baylor College of Medicine will be open to members of the public who have an interest in tropical medicine.

Taught through the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor, the seminar consists of seven topical lectures that will take place Thursdays from March 13 through April 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Bioscience Research Collaborative, 6500 Main Street.

The topic for this semester’s seminar is "Tropical Medicine Abroad", and lecturers include internationally respected leader in pediatric HIV/AIDS Dr. Mark Kline, chair of pediatrics at Baylor and physician-in-chief at Texas Children’s Hospital, whose topic is titled “Serving the Underserved There and Here.”

Other lecturers include Dr. Michael Belfort, chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Baylor and obstetrician and gynecologist-in-chief of Texas Children’s Hospital, and Dr. Laila Woc-Colburn, director of medical education at the NSTM at Baylor and director of the tropical medicine clinic at the Harris Health System’s Smith Clinic.

Led by world-renowned neglected tropical diseases expert Dr. Peter Hotez and his team, the NSTM was established in 2011 to provide training to health care professionals to tackle neglected tropical diseases that affect the world’s poor, including those who live in poverty in the state of Texas.

“Tropical diseases are the most common afflictions of people living in poverty and among the most potent global forces,” said Hotez. “We are excited to open lectures on this important topic to the public.”

The cost of the seminar to the public will be $25 per lecture or $150 for the entire series of lectures.

Learn more about the series and register online. 

Seats are limited and registration will be handled on a first-come, first-serve basis.