World Renowned Expert on Tropical Diseases Speaks to Student Pharmacists
Neglected tropical diseases are a group of 13 major disabling conditions that are among the most common chronic infections in the world’s poorest people and was the topic of a special presentation by Peter Hotez, M.D., PhD. on October 14, 2010. The presentation given to P3 student pharmacists by Dr. Hotez from a remote location was followed by discussion facilitated by Dr. Jeff McCormack, Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dr. Hotez is a Distinguished Research Professor and holds the Walter G. Ross Professor and Chair in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, & Tropical Medicine at The George Washington University. He is also the President, Sabin Vaccine Institute. In his book “Forgotten People, Forgotten Diseases: The Neglected Tropical Diseases and Their Impact on Global Health and Development”, Dr. Hotez, discusses how neglected tropical diseases represent an important challenge to global security and fundamental human rights. The objective of the College of Pharmacy course on tropical disearses is to educate student pharmacists on the problem and the solutions that will bring hope to the disenfranchised populations.