Emerging Threats to Human Health

William Birch wbirch at luc.edu
Tue Feb 7 12:01:06 EST 1995


We would like to announce Molecular Medicine Colloquium:
Threats to Human Health. Sponsored by The Department of 
Microbiology & Immunology, Loyola University Chicago,
Stritch School of Medicine.  Saturday, February 25, 1995.
This second colloquium on molecular medicine focuses on 
emerging microbial threats to human health.

Specifically we will focus on:

- New vaccines that break down barriers to global vaccinations 
- Viruses that are emerging into the human population 
- Molecular tools for tracking causative agents of disease 
- Antibiotic resistance 
- The delicate balance between virus infections and cancer 
- Breakthroughs in the struggle between viruses and the immune system 

Presented for physicians, 
residents and fellows of the Chicago area medical community. Speaker


THOMAS M. GALLAGHER, Ph.D. 
Vaccines for the 21 st Century  

Recently-discovered molecular techniques are allowing us to develop new viral vaccines that
provide lifelong protection. These vaccines will be easy to administer and will safeguard the
lives of millions of children throughout the world.


SUSAN C. BAKER, Ph.D.
Emerging Viruses

Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome is the most recent example of the consequence of a virus
"emerging" into the human population. Where do these viruses emerge from? How can we
prevent or control the
spread of emerging viruses?


ANNE H. ROWLEY, M.D.
Using Molecular Tools to Identify Infectious Agents  

Identifying the infectious agents responsible for hepatitis C and the recent "Four Corners"
disease outbreak called for extremely sensitive tools of molecular biology. Now similar
molecular techniques are being applied as we search for the elusive causative agent of
Kawasaki syndrome.


DAVID W. HECHT, M.D. 
Antibiotic Resistance: Why, Where and What Now?  

Antibiotic resistance has emerged as a major health issue. A number of variables are
responsible including the increase in antibiotic use, the related emergence of
antibiotic-resistance genes and the spread of resistant bacteria.


LUTZ GISSMANN, Ph.D.
Virus Infections and Cancer

Encounters with viruses often lead to persistent yet asymptomatic infections. This peaceful
coexistence is disturbed, however, when virus-infected cells mutate and develop cancer.


KATHERINE L. KNIGHT, Ph.D.
The Struggle Between Viruses and the Immune System

Viruses have developed intricate strategies that continually challenge the immune system's
attempts to eliminate them. Soon new clinical therapies will be able to help the immune
system overcome these
strategies. Educational Affairs
Loyola University Medical Center
2160 S. First Ave.
Maywood, IL 60153
Room 1734, Bldg 101
(708) 216-3236

Deadline for registration is February 15, 1995. 




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