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Institute for Molecular Medicine & Infectious Disease 2012 International Symposium

The Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease held its first international symposium focused on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of infectious, inflammatory, and oncogenic disease. Special attention was given to molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis and host immune responses to infection and cancer.

The 2012 International Symposium on Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease was held on June 19-21, 2012, in Geary Auditorium B in the New College Building at the Drexel University College of Medicine Center City Campus in Philadelphia, PA.

The symposium highlighted ongoing investigations in areas such as:

  • HIV/AIDS, brain impairment, and neuroprotection
  • Mechanisms of malarial disease
  • Pathogenic mechanisms of bacterial disease
  • Antimicrobial vaccines and drugs
  • HIV/AIDS and substance abuse
  • Molecular mechanisms of inflammation
  • Pathogenic mechanisms of hepatitis B/C
  • Viral oncogenic disease
  • Impact of aging on HIV disease
  • Treatment and prevention of HIV disease
  • Biomarkers of human infectious disease and cancer
  • Molecular genetics and infectious disease

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Outstanding achievement awards in the areas of infectious disease, immunology, and translational medicine were presented to three eminent scientists, who presented their state-of-the-art investigations in lectures scheduled during each day of the symposium.

  • Paul Offit, MD received the Drexel Prize in Translational Research, and presented "The rotavirus vaccine: From bench to bedside"
  • John Mekalanos, PhD received the Drexel Prize in Infectious Disease, and presented "A view to a kill: Molecular and cellular interactions in pathogenesis"
  • Nobel Laureate Bruce Beutler, MD, received the Drexel Prize in Immunology, and presented "How mammals sense infection"

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Students walking down the hall at the Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease at Drexel University College of Medicine.