Upcoming Seminar – Dr. Peter Hotez on a New Generation of Products to Combat NTDs

October 21, 2015

Registration is now open for a Global Challenges seminar on combating neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). The event will feature leading NTD expert Dr. Peter Hotez, President of the Sabin Vaccine Institute. Participation is free-of-charge and the seminar will take place in Geneva (Switzerland) on 29 October, 2015.

Background to the seminar

NTDs primarily affect the world’s poorest, leaving children unable to study and adults unable to work productively, trapping the communities involved in a devastating cycle of poverty and disease. They are equally characterized by chronic underinvestment in research and development (R&D), meaning there is an urgent need for the development of new medicines, vaccines and diagnostics. The development of new interventions in this field has the potential to profoundly improve the quality of life of billions of people around the world.

The vital importance of NTD research in global efforts to combat poverty was recently recognized when the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to three researchers for their work developing treatments for neglected diseases such as river blindness, lymphatic filariasis, and malaria

Who should attend?

This seminar is a must for those interested in the future of neglected disease research and its critical role in global efforts to combat poverty.

Seminar highlights

The keynote address will be delivered by preeminent NTD researcher and advocate, Dr. Peter Hotez, current President of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, a non-profit organization working to educate, eliminate barriers and lead scientific discovery on vaccine-preventable and neglected tropical diseases. Dr. Hotez is also Dean of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College, the immediate past President of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH), and Editor-in-Chief of PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases.

The discussant will be Dr. Remko van Leeuwen, current Project Director of the HOOKVAC Consortium at the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD), through which groups from Africa, Latin America, and Europe are working together to develop a vaccine for hookworm and other intestinal worm diseases. A trained clinical trial expert and parasitologist focusing on infectious and poverty-related diseases, Dr. van Leeuwen is also founder and CEO of several biotech start-ups.

Where and when?

The seminar will be held at the WIPO Headquarters in Geneva on 29 October 2015, from 10:45 to 12:00 CET.

WIPO Headquarters
34 Chemin des Colombettes
New Building, Room NB0.107

How can I register?

You can register online.

Registration closes on 28 October, 2015.

More questions about the seminar?

Consult the program and flyer PDF,Flyer.

Alternatively, contact the Global Challenges Division:

Email: global.challenges@wipo.int
Phone: +41 0 22 338 9816