Increasing Capacity to Achieve
Millennium Development Goal # 6 in Honduras:
Combating Infectious Diseases
 

The first class of 2009-2012

First class, September 09

Current students are microbiologists: Carmen María Galo, Cynthia Marillyn Rodríguez, María Concepción Medina, María Mercedes Rueda, Suyapa Mendoza; Biologists: David Martínez and Jessy del Carmen Espinoza; and Pharmacists Jose Jafet Ortiz and Lilian Elisa Sosa. Here they are accompanied by Dr. Edmundo Poujol, founder of the Microbiology Department, and Dr. Ana Sanchez.


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August 29, 2012

MEIZ student Lilian Sosa defended her thesis project "Genetic characterization and drug resistance of Methicilin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)".


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August 7, 2012

UNAH’s Scientific Research Directorate (DICU) held its Annual Research Merit Awards and this year, the School of Microbiology achieved an outstanding position amount other academic units. Recipients of these awards were: Dr. Gustavo Fontecha (Sciences and Technology), Dr. Ivette Lorenzana (Contribution to Society) and MEIZ student Cynthia Rodríguez (Grad student award).


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August 1, 2012

MEIZ student María Mercedes Rueda defended her thesis project "Soil-transmitted helminth infections in Honduran school children".


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August 1, 2012

C-BIO was officially inaugurated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony by Dr. Julieta Castellanos, UNAH’s Rector, Patricia Hernández Cañadas, C-BIO Director; and Dr. Ana Sanchez.


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See: C-BIO’s promotional video


July 25 – 27, 2012

VI Biennial NeTropica Meeting: "Research Without Borders" co-sponsored by the Teasdale-Corti Project and hosted by the Honduran MSc Program in Infectious and Zoonotic Diseases (MEIZ) of the School of Microbiology, National Autonomous University of Honduras, in Copan Ruins was a resounding success in attracting 106 participants from 44 institutions and 15 different countries.


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Speakers:

* Hans Rosling (Karolinska Institute)

* Francisco Becerra (COHRED)

* Rolando Herrero (IACR / WHO)

* María Elena Bottazzi (Baylor College of Medicine, US)

* Reynaldo Martorell (Emory University)

* Luis Gabriel Cuervo (PAHO)

* Vic Neufeld (CCGHR, Canada)

Others scientific activities:

*Talks (8)

*Round Tables (2)

*Symposia (2)

*Posters presentations (2) with 77 posters

For more information see: NeTropica Meeting 2012


July 7, 2012

The Nicaraguan College of Microbiologists invited to MEIZ students, Carmen Galo, Cynthia Rodríguez and David Martínez to present their research projects in the "XXVIII National Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Chemistry"


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For more information: See the congress' program;

June 27-29, 2012

Dr. Maritza Canales, MEIZ Academic Coordinator, received a travel scholarship from PAHO to attend the Regional Grant-Writing and Scientific Peer Review Workshop hosted by the US National Institutes of Health, the Colombia Ministry of Health and Social Protection, and Pan American Health Organization, in Bogota, Colombia.


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April - May, 2012

Bioethics Documentation Center (CBIO).

The TC-GHLA projects have joined efforts and have committed financial support to a new Bio-Ethics Documentation located at UNAH’s Central library. C-BIO, is a "green space" where the university community can find resources on bio-ethics and research ethics. UNAH has supplemented the space with computers and a considerable collection of resources as well as staff. C-BIO’s original concept emanated from the TC team.


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April 18, 2012

Publication: Gustavo A Fontecha, Meisy Mendoza, Engels Banegas, Mitra Poorak, Alexandre M De Oliveira, Tamara Mancero, Venkatachalam Udhayakumar, Naomi W Lucchi, Rosa E Mejia. Comparison of molecular tests for the diagnosis of malaria in Honduras. Malaria Journal 2012, 11:119 (18 April 2012.

For more information:See the article;

April 18, 2012

The Teasdale-Corti project spearheaded the creation and implementation of National Biosafety Training Centre (CENCAB), which is the first of its kind in the region for advancement of biosafety education and research.

CENCAB was officially inaugurated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony by Dr. Adalid Gutierrez, Dean of the Faculty of Sciences; Dr. Ada Zelaya, CENCAB Director and Dr. Ana Sanchez.

To celebrate CENCAB’s inauguration, the Teasdale-Corti project organized a series of seminars by biosafety expert Dr. Edgar Sevilla, founding member of Mexican biosafety association (AMEXBIO).

For more information: See the report;

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See: CENCAB - Honduran TV5 news story



April 13, 2012

The Teasdale-Corti principal investigators, Dr. Sanchez, Canales and Enriquez; and MEIZ’s student María Mercedes Rueda were invited to the launch of the National Program for Neglected Tropical Diseases in Honduras 2012-2017. This event was organized by the Honduran Ministry of Health and PAHO.

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April, 2012

The Faculty of Sciences, UNAH allocated MEIZ a new classroom with capacity of 30 people.


March 11-14, 2012

The Teasdale-Corti project principal investigators: Ana Sanchez, Maritza Canales and Lourdes Enriquez; MEIZ student Maria Mercedes Rueda and Brock master student Jose Gabrie, participated in the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases 2012 in Atlanta, USA.

They made the following poster presentation: Gabrie JA, Sanchez A, Rueda MM, Canales M, and Gyorkos TW. Trichuris trichiura: a problematic parasite for deworming programs? Presented at International Conference of Emerging Infectious Diseases (ICEID2012), Atlanta, GA, USA. March 13-15, 2012

See the poster: "Trichuris trichiura: a problematic parasite for deworming programs?";

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February 17, 2012

Dr. Ana Sanchez and Renzo Bautista traveled to Ottawa for an informational meeting with GHRI/IDRC research officers. This meeting was also attended by the Lourdes Enriquez (Skype) and Maritza Canales (Skype) and GHRI/IDRC officers: Diane Gagnon, Program leader; Zoe Boutilier, Program Officer; and Ibrahim Daibes, Senior Program Officer.


February 4 – March 11, 2012

MEIZ student Maria Mercedes Rueda traveled to Brock University for training in thesis writing and data analysis, and proposal defense with her supervisor Dr. Ana Sanchez.

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February – March, 2012

MEIZ graduations: Six of 9 MEIZ students have defended their theses thereby completing the program:


* On March 29, 2012 Jafet Ortiz defended his thesis project "Molecular epidemiology of enteric viruses causing diarrheal in children under 5 years of age"
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* On March 27, 2012 Cynthia Rodriguez defended her thesis project "Host genetics and severity of Dengue infections"
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* On March 26, 2012 Carmen Galo defended her thesis project "Genetic characterization of Histoplasma capsulatum from patients and environment"
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* On March 23, 2012 David Martinez defended his thesis project "Susceptibility of larval stages of Aedes aegypti to Temephos"
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* On March 9, 2012 Suyapa Mendoza defended her thesis project "Genetic characterization of Chlamydia trachomatis"
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* On February 28, 2012 Maria Concepcion Medina defended her thesis project "Interactions of Brucella canis with eukaryotic cells"
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February 13, 2012

The TC project principal investigators Maritza Canales and Lourdes Enriquez participated in the 7th Annual Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit. This world-class event was organized by the National University of Agriculture. Catacamas, Honduras.


January 27 – February 4, 2012

The Teasdale-Corti Honduras-Canada team participated in the research project title: "Research Ethics on the Ground: Partnerships, Plans, and Practices in Global Population Health" at the School of Microbiology, UNAH, Tegucigalpa, Honduras on January 27 – February 4, 2012. The research project was undertaken by Dr. Michelle McGinn and Dr. Susan Tilley, Department of Education, Brock University.


November 23-25, 2011

Publication: Irina T Jovel, Rosa E Mejía, Engels Banegas, Rita Piedade, Jackeline Alger, Gustavo Fontecha, Pedro E Ferreira, Maria I Veiga, Irma G Enamorado, Anders Bjorkman, Johan Ursing . Drug resistance associated genetic polymorphisms in Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax collected in Honduras, Central America Malaria Journal 2011, 10:376 (19 December 2011)

For more information:See the article;

November 23-25, 2011

Dr. Gustavo Fontecha attended the 2nd Latin American Conference on Research and Innovation for Health, organized by Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED), in Panama City.


November 3-5, 2011

The Teasdale-Corti project principal investigators: Ana Sanchez, Maritza Canales and Lourdes Enriquez and GHLA project principal investigator Vilma Espinoza, participated in the 2011 Global Health Conference, held in Montreal, Canada.

They presented three posters:


1. Sanchez A, Canales M, and Enriquez L. "Challenges in Global Health: Towards a new paradigm in higher education in Honduras". Global Health Conference. Montreal November 13-15, 2011.


See the poster: "Challenges in Global Health: Towards a new paradigm in higher education in Honduras";

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2. Engemann J, Sánchez A, Canales M, and Enríquez L. "Breaking the cycle: Building capacity for scientific research in developing countries". Global Health Conference. Montreal November 13-15, 2011.


See the poster: "Breaking the cycle: Building capacity for scientific research in developing countries";

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3. Espinoza V, Rodriguez E, and Sanchez A "Status of Ethics Review Boards in Honduras". Global Health Conference. Montreal November 13-15, 2011.


See the poster: "Status of Ethics Review Boards in Honduras";

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November 3-5, 2011

The TC project principal investigators Maritza Canales and Lourdes Enriquez delivered the presentation: "MEIZ Implementation Process" at the Third National Workshop "Universities as Learning Organizations"; Descará 2; organized by GUCAL in Honduras.

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October 8, 2011

The TC team and Dr. Espinoza, Principal Investigator, GHLA Project in collaboration with the Directorate for Scientific Research, UNAH organized the Seminar: "Social Value of Research: current trends" that took place on October 8, 2011. Dr. Dan Malleck, Associated Professor, Brock University, was the guest speaker.

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September 28, 2011

The Honduran TC team participated in a meeting with visiting professors from the Autonomous University of Coahuila, Mexico; organized by the School of Microbiology, UNAH.


September, 2011

Publication: Sanchez A, Gabrie J, Zelaya A, Enriquez L, Canales M and Kaufman SG, 2011. Biosafety Competencies in Developing Countries: The Role of Universities. Applied Biosafety 16(4):240-252.


August 30-31, 2011

UNAH’s Direction Scientific Research invited Dr. Canales, MEIZ Coordinator and Dr. Enriquez, Principal Co-investigator TC project to participate in a meeting to define the research policies of the Faculty of Sciences.


August 20 – September 16, 2011

MEIZ student Lilian Sosa travelled to San Jose de Costa Rica to work with her thesis supervisor Dr. Norman Rojas, University of Costa Rica. During this period Lilian and her supervisor analyzed the data obtained from her research project "Genetic characterization and drug resistance of Methicilin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)".


August 14-21, 2011

Renzo Bautista, Teasdale-Corti Project Coordinator traveled to Honduras to coordinate the TC/MEIZ program monitoring process and plan evaluation.


August 8-19, 2011

MEIZ student Cynthia Rodriguez travelled to Cuba to participate in the XII Dengue International Course "Prof. Gustavo Kouri In Memoriam". Cynthia had the opportunity to present the findings of her project: "Host genetics and severity of Dengue infections".

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July 18-20, 2011

Carmen Galo, MEIZ student participated in the VII Latin American Congress of Mycology and presented a poster with the preliminary findings of her research project "Genetic characterization of Histoplasma capsulatum from patients and environment". This event was held at University of Costa Rica.


July, 2011

Suyapa Mendoza received a 2-week laboratory training in several techniques related to testing samples for pathogens, and how to treat them for possible genome sequencing at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, Cambs, UK. This training was facilitated by her supervisor Dr Maria Elena Bottazzi, who also visited the Sanger Institute with Suyapa.


June 14, 2011

In compliance with the Memorandum of Grant Conditions signed between the project and the funding agency, the Teasdale-Corti Honduras-Canada team submitted the FOURTH ANNUAL TECHNICAL PROGRESS REPORT to the Global Health Research Initiative (GHRI)/International Development Research Centre (IDRC) agency.


June 6-17, 2011

As part of the continuing education activities and services recently implemented at MEIZ, Dr. Gustavo Fontecha delivered the course "Molecular Markers: Theory and Applications". The course was held at the School of Microbiology from June 6-17, 2011 and was taken by 14 participants, all professionals and students of UNAHs Microbiology and Biology Schools.


June 8, 2011

Ana Sanchez, Sean Kaufman, Lourdes Enriquez, Maritza Canales and Ada Zelaya presented the paper "Biosafety in Developing Countries: A Report from a University in Honduras" at a Panel on Biosafety International Initiatives held at the Canadian Biosafety Symposium, Toronto, on June 6-9, 2011.


May 26, 2011

Dr. Fuggy Castro and María Cristina Mazul [National University of Agriculture, (UNA) Honduras], Dr. Ana Sanchez (Brock University), and Dr Malika Kachani, College of Veterinary Medicine Western University of Health Sciences (USA), organized the symposium "One Health: an integrated vision for human, animal, and environmental health". The symposium was held at UNA, Catacamas, Olancho, Honduras on May 26, 2011. The Symposium included the collaboration and participation of the following institutions:

* National University of Agriculture

* Master Program in Infectious and Zoonotic Diseases, UNAH

* Western University of Health Sciences

* Brock University

* University of Costa Rica

* NeTropica

The symposium included 67 attendees (faculty members, students and institutional and civil society representatives) from different institutions: UNA, UNAH, MEIZ, Catholic University of Honduras, Secretary of Livestock and Agriculture, Secretary of Health, and Clínica el Buen Pastor.


May 23-27, 2011

MEIZ students had the opportunity to meet and collaborate with Brock university undergraduate students that visited Honduras as part of the Global Health Field Course, taught in the spring term by Dr. Sanchez.


May, 2011

MEIZ and NeTropica have agreed that MEIZ Program will organize the “VI Biennial NeTropica Meeting: Research Without Borders” to take place in Copan Ruinas, Honduras, on July, 2012.


April, 2011

The Teasdale-Corti project provided funding for the study "Molecular characterization of Ehrlichia species in dogs from Tegucigalpa, Honduras". This study is being conducted at the School of Microbiology, UNAH by faculty members Gustavo Fontecha, PhD; Wilfredo Sosa, MSc; Ekaterina Bonilla, MSc, and students Gilberto Nodarse, Osmar Paz. The Honduran Veterinary College is a strong collaborator in this project.


March 24-25, 2011

Ana Sanchez and Maritza Canales were invited to participate as speakers in the workshop "Deworming and Preschool Children" . This event was organized by Dr. Theresa W. Gyorkos, Division of Clinical Epidemiology, McGill University and PAHO on March 24-25 in Washington DC.


March, 2011

Following the biosafety assessment and recommendations provided in 2010, the School of Microbiology has developed a strategic plan 2011-2014 and has taken immediate actions such as:

* Strengthening of the School’s Biosafety Committee

* Developing standard operating procedures (SOPs)

* Improving waste management (with the aid of the Swedish Cooperation)

* Holding training and awareness events

Additionally, physical space has been allocated for a Biosafety Training Centre, which will be managed by the Biosafety Committee. At the moment, the School of Microbiology is looking for partners to begin with a “train the trainers” component.

February - March, 2011

Dr. Ana Sanchez (Brock University); Dr. Maritza Canales (UNAH); and Dr. Theresa Gyorkos (McGill University) have been undertaken the research project: "Soil-Transmitted Helminth Infections in Honduran School Children" in Catacamas, Olancho, Honduras, on February and March, 2011. This work is the basis for the thesis project of MEIZ student Maria Mercedes Rueda.

Additionally, MEIZ students Suyapa Mendoza, Lilian Sosa, Jafet Ortiz, David Martínez, Carmen Galo, Cynthia Rodríguez, Jessy Espinoza joined the research team to fulfilled their mandatory 40 hours of Social Service (as a graduation requisite at UNAH). Dr. Lourdes Enriquez also participated in this initiative.

Brock graduate students Tessy Usuanlele and Jose Gabrie travelled to Honduras for the implementation of the project as the study is also part of their MSc theses projects.

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February 15-18, 2011

Cynthia Rodriguez, her supervisor Dr. Ivette Lorenzana and collaborators presented their research findings at the conference "A Re-Emerging Challenge: New opportunities for Dengue Research Collaboration in the Americas", organized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Held in San Juan, Puerto Rico. February 15-18 2011.


February 10, 2011

MEIZ student Lilian Sosa received laboratory training in "bacterial resistance to antibiotics " at Dr. Norman Rojas’ laboratory, University of Costa Rica. February 10-18, 2011.


January 31 – February 1, 2011

* MEIZ students Jafet Ortiz and Cynthia Rodriguez attended the course "Molecular characterization and quantification of norovirus and rotavirus" at the University of Leon, Nicaragua;

* MEIZ student Jessy Espinoza attended the course "Molecular characterization and biochemical typification for the surveillance of pathogenic E. coli" at the University of Leon, Nicaragua;

* MEIZ students Jessy Espinoza and Jafet Ortiz attended the symposium "30 years of work developing knowledge and skills in infectious diseases" in Leon, Nicaragua on February 1, 2011.

January 23 – February 23, 2011

Dr. Gustavo Fontecha travelled for tarining to the Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, USA, the Malaria Branch in order to establish collaboration with the National Laboratory of Malaria (NLM), of the Honduran Ministry of Health. The ultimate goal is the creation of a new specialized laboratory for the molecular diagnosis of malaria and training of personnel. This training was specifically tailored for Dr. Fontecha and included:

* Molecular techniques for malaria diagnosis;

* Genotyping of 4 loci associated with resistance to anti-malarial drugs in parasites collected in Honduras

* Molecular analysis for detection of deletions on genes HRP2 and HRP3 from Plasmodium falciparum parasites collected in Honduras.

January , 2011

Dr. Maritza Canales, MEIZ Academic Coordinator, presented an annual report of activities undertaken within the graduate program in the year 2010, to the School of Microbiology.


December 13-18, 2010

Dr. Silvia Arguello, National University of Heredia, Costa Rica delivered the workshop "Geographic Information Systems Applied to Spatial Epidemiology of Tropical Diseases" to MEIZ students, at UNAH, Tegucigalpa, Honduras on December 13-18, 2010.


November 23-26, 2010

Ana Sanchez was invited by World Health Organization's Special Programme in Research and Training in Tropical Diseases [(TDR), UNDP/UNICEF/World Bank/WHO] to participate in two international events: the Third International Conference on Neglected Zoonotic Diseases: Community based interventions for prevention and control of NZD and a strategic planning meeting of the Committee she serves on, the Disease Reference Group for Zoonoses and marginalised infectious diseases, ZOOM-IN. Both events were held in Geneva, 23-26 November 2010. Ana Sanchez is part of the think-tank of international experts assisting the WHO with the Global Report for Research on Infectious Diseases of Poverty scheduled for 2012.

More information about WHO's Global Report at: http://apps.who.int/tdr/svc/publications/tdrnews/issue-85/global-report


November 2-11, 2010

Dr. Joe Engemann, Assistant professor, Dept. of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in Education, Brock University was invited by the Teasdale-Corti Honduras-Canada project to conduct the research study "Graduate Student Mentoring in the Master in Infectious and Zoonotic Diseases Program at the National Autonomous University of Honduras". In the framework of this study, Dr. Engemann delivered the workshop titled: "The Power of Innovative Pedagogy in Higher Education". These activities were held on Nov 2-11, 2010 at the School of Microbiology, UNAH.


November 4, 2010

Dr. Terrance Wade, Professor and Chair, Dept. of Community Health Sciences, Brock University delivered the presentation "Social Determinants of Health" to MEIZ student. This activity was held at the School of Microbiology, UNAH.

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November , 2010

The Teasdale-Corti project leaders Ana Sanchez, Maritza Canales and Lourdes Enriquez visited administrative and academic senior officer of the Catholic University of Honduras (UNICAH) to explore research collaboration opportunities between UNICAH and TC/MEIZ

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October 25- November 11, 2010

T-C project leaders Ana Sanchez, Maritza Canales and Lourdes Enriquez participated as co-investigator of the research project title: "A descriptive and reflexive study of global health research ethics: a case-study of the Honduras-Canada Teasdale-Corti Project". The study was held at the School of Microbiology, UNAH, Honduras, on October 25 – November 11, 2010. The study was led by Dr. Nicholas Lechopier, professor of philosophy at the University of Lyon, France. Dr. Miya Narushima from Brock University participated as a co-investigator.

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October 29-31, 2010

Ana Sanchez and Esteban Chaves, Associate Professor, University of Costa Rica were invited as co-facilitators to the 2nd Annual Learning Forum on Global Health Research Using Knowledge for Program Planning and Implementation, organized by The Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research. They facilitated the workshop "Combating Infectious Disease through Knowledge Translation". This event was held on October 29-31, 2010 in Ottawa, Canada.


October 3-10, 2010

David Martínez received special entomology field training in Costa Rica. His mentor was Dr. Victor Cartín Leiva, Director of the Entomology Laboratory and Coordinator of the School of Agricultural Sciences, National University (UNA), Costa Rica.

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October, 2010

Maria Concepcion Medina is undertaking her research project in Costa Rica in her supervisor’s laboratory (Dr. Esteban Chaves) at the Veterinary School, in Heredia. She is Costa Rica since October, 2010.


September 5-11, 2010

The Honduras Teasdale-Corti team participated in the Outcome Mapping workshops delivered by Kaia Ambrose in Tegucigalpa, Honduras on Sep 5-11, 2010. The purpose of the workshops was to develop and implement a follow-up of progress markers of each of the Project’s five boundary partners.

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September, 2010

Dr. Maritza Canales organized a field trip with their undergraduate students of the School of Microbiology to visit a Pech community in Subirana, Olancho, where they learned about the infectious diseases problems of this ethnic group

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August – September, 2010

MEIZ students successfully defended their projects proposal. Having fulfilled this requisite, research funding has been allocated to implement their project.

For more information, see: MEIZ Students Theses Proposal Defences;

August 12, 2010

Marco Herrero, PhD, Costa Rica University delivered the workshop "Aplicación Sistemas de Información Geográfica en la Vigilancia de vectores de importancia en Salud Pública" to MEIZ students, at UNAH on August 12, 2010, Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

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August 11, 2010

Jorge Giron, PhD, Florida University, USA delivered the workshop "Challenges and Advances in Research on E. coli in developing countries" to MEIZ students, at UNAH on August 11, 2010, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

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August, 2010

The Teasdale-Corti project provided funding for the study "Isolation and Identification of autochthonous Lactic Bacteria of the Honduran Medium-Soft Cheese for Use as Starter Culture". This study has been conducted by Amilcar Colindres, MSc, professor, National University of Agriculture (UNA) and Lourdes Enriquez, MSc, professor, UNAH; As well as with the collaboration of: Emerson Josue Martinez, food technology student, UNA; and Jennifer Valladares and Yuliana Sorto, Microbiology students, UNAH. This study was awarded with the second place in the scientific innovation event at the University of Defence. On November, the study was awarded with the second place in the scientific innovation event held by La Universidad de Defensa de Honduras (The Honduran Armed Forces University of Defence).

To see the news visit: http://www.proceso.hn/2010/11/02/Nacionales/UNAH.gana.premios/29861.html


July 4-12, 2010

Ana Sanchez was invited as facilitator in the 7th Summer Institute for New Global Health Researchers in Quito, Ecuador on July 4-12, 2010. This event was organized by the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research.


July, 2010

Ana Sanchez was consulted in the writing of FAO’s publication "La salud pública veterinaria en situaciones de desastres naturales y provocados". (Carlos Eddi (ed). Producción y Sanidad Animal documento No. 170).

The document is available at: http://www.fao.org/docrep/012/i1737s/i1737s00.htm


June - July, 2010

Back in 2009, the T-C project awarded 11 "School of Microbiology Advancement Grants" to the same number of faculty members at the School, the majority to improve teaching activities. By 2010 the outputs of the grants awarded can be listed as follows:

* First edition of the Microbiologist Magazine

* Edition of laboratory manuals for microbiology, virology, genetics and mycology

* SOPs for the maintenance of bacterial cultures

* Purchase of ATCC bacterial strains

* Delivery of workshop "Strengthening of the Internal Quality Control of the Clinical Laboratories of the Country"

* Training in Brazil

* Standardizing of laboratoty techniques for Leptospirosis

* External evaluation (quality assurance in biochemistry) for 27 clinical laboratories


June 29 – July 1, 2010

MEIZ students presented their research projects in the VI National Congress of Microbiology organized by the Honduran College of Microbiologists in Tegucigalpa, Honduras on Jun 29 – Jul 1, 2010. The congress was named "Dr. Ana Lourdes Sanchez" to recognize our T-C team leader for her indefatigable support to the field of microbiology in Honduras

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June 29, 2010

Brock University and Brock International presented the Honduran TC team (Maritza Canales, Lourdes Enriquez, Ada Zelaya, Vilma Espinoza, Doris Quan and Gustavo Fontecha) and Dr. Maria Elena Bottazzi (George Washington University) the "Global Citizenship Award" in recognition of valuable contributions to the internationalization of the University through the Global Health Reserach Initiative Teasdale-Corti project "Increasing Capacity to Achieve Millennium Development Goals # 6 in Honduras: Combating Infectious Diseases". The award was presented by Dr. Ana Sanchez at the inauguration of the VI National Congres of Microbiology.

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June 26, 2010

The Honduras-Canada Teasdale-Corti project team feels very proud that its project has been identified in the "The Muskoka Accountability Report" from the G8 group as an example of Canada’s international impact on Neglected Diseases . The article is found on sector health, Neglected Diseases.

To see the all document visit: http://canadainternational.gc.ca/g8/assets/pdfs/mar_annex53.pdf


June 14-30, 2010

Jafet Ortiz received training on "Molecular Techniques for the diagnosis of enteric viruses" in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This training was conducted at the Comparative and Environmental Virology Laboratory (LVCA for its Spanish acronym) of the Oswaldo Cruz Institute (FIOCRUZ). The LVCA is a regional reference laboratory for rotavirus of the Ministry of Health. His mentor was Dr. José Paulo G. Leite

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June, 2010

Gustavo Fontecha, PhD, UNAH, begun the implementation of the research project "Genetic diversity of Plasmodium vivax and P. falciparum in Honduras", in collaboration with the School of Microbiology , UNAH and the Honduran Ministry of Health – Malaria National Laboratory. Microbiology undergraduate students (UNAH) Ana Cecilia López, Jorge Coello Quan, Andrés Ortiz and Julio Mejia are participating in this project


May 16-29, 2010

The team memebrs Ana Sanchez, Lourdes Enriquez and Ada Zelaya led the organization of the most important activity on biosafety so far in the term of the project. With the generous and invaluable contribution of Mr. Sean Kaufman, MPH, CHES, CPH, Director of Programs at the Center for Public Health Preparedness and Research at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, Atlanta, USA, a 2-week agenda was prepared, which included Mr. Kaufman’s presentations, site visits, laboratory assessments, meetings with staff, faculty and students, and very importantly, dialogue with academic and governmental decision makers. Among others, these are some activities that took place in the intensive 2-week period from May 17 – 28, 2010.

* The First National Meeting on Biosafety (held in Tegucigalpa, and delivered to a wide audience of students, health professionals and administrators)

* A Seminar on Biosafety Level 2: Principles and Practices (for faculty and staff, School of Microbiology, UNAH)

* Biosafety assessments for research and teaching laboratories (School of Microbiology, UNAH)

* A Talk on Biosafety Principles for the Clinical Laboratory (held in the northern city of San Pedro Sula and delivered to microbiologist and laboratory technicians of the public and private lab industry)

* Talk on Biosafety for Reference Laboratories (held in Tegucigalpa, at the National Reference Laboratory)

* Talk on Biosafety and behaviour (held at the University Hospital, Tegucigalpa, and delivered to a large audience of laboratory technicians, microbiologists, physicians, and forensic specialists)

* Meetings with MEIZ graduate students

* Meetings with undergraduate students going into their year of Social Service

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As a result of these biosafety activities and laboratory assessments, a formal Report was submitted to the School of Microbiology containing both specific recommendations for each laboratory as well as 20 general recommendations for the School. These can be summarized as follows:

* Secure political and administrative support from the higher administration (Space, resources, institutional guidelines, institutional committee)

* Implement training and continuing education programs (school-based to university-wide) for students, faculty and staff

* Advocate for students’ safety (e.g., at the School and when doing placements in other institutions)

* Develop a long-term vision: biosafety culture; become a national leader

* Immediate improvements: Encourage / reward good behaviour; improve signage; write and implement SOPs; correct use of PPE, pathogen inventory; separate food from the labs; implement surveillance program, train and protect cleaning staff

* Medium-term improvements: Waste management, installations of alarms and emergency routes, emergency training, emergency response, certify BSCs

* Draft a business plan

* Conduct Risk Analyses

April 29, 2010

The newly appointed Director of UNAH's Graduate Studies System (Sistema de Estudios de Postgrado, SEP), UNAH, Dr. Olga Joya and her assistant Gabriela Agurcia visited MEIZ program as part of SEP’s initiative to promote and support graduate programs.

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April 25-28, 2010

MEIZ students took their first field trip within the program to attend a workshop on "Social Analysis System" delivered by Amilcar Colindres, MSc, Professor of the National University of Agriculture, Honduras.

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The workshop was held at Instituto Nacional de Conservación y Desarrollo Forestal, Departamento de Olancho.

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As well, the students visited a Pech community in Subirana, Olancho, where they learned about the infectious diseases problems of this ethnic group.

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April 23, 2010

Dr. Ada Argentina Zelaya in collaboration with the Honduran College of Microbiologists organized a wokshop on biosafety in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. It was held as a pre-Congress course in the framework of the VI National Congress of Microbiology. The main speaker was Dr. Edgar Sevilla, AMEXBIO (Asociación Mexicana de Bioseguridad, A.C.)

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April 21-22, 2010

During a 2-day session, MEIZ students presented a preliminary protocol of their theses projects proposals. The event was organized by MEIZ Coordinators Dr. Gustavo Fontecha and Maritza Canales. Thesis supervisors were in attendance to provide guidance and feedback to their students.


To know more about the projects, see chart: "MEIZ Students Thesis Projects"


April 13, 2010

Within the framework of the Teasdale-Corti biosafety program. The Dean of the Faculty of Sciences, Dr. Mirna Marín and the Chair of the School of Microbiology, Dr. Reina Laura Rivera, organized a meeting with representatives from different faculties (Sciences, Dentistry, Medicine, Chemistry and Pharmacy) to rise awareness of the importance of an institutional biosafety program at the university.

Biosafety meeting

March 29-31, 2010

Dr. Ana Sanchez member of the Disease Reference Group on Zoonoses and Marginalized Infectious Diseases (DRG ZOOM-IN) appointed by the World Health Organization and the Tropical Diseases Research (TDR) unit attended the "1st Stakeholder meeting and 2nd Meeting of the Disease Reference Group ZOOM_IN" on Cairo, Egypt. Dr. Maritza Canales, MEIZ coordinator and Dr. Esteban Chaves, NeTropica coordinator were also invited representing Central American researchers.

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March 17, 2010

Dr. Doris Quan Rivera, faculty member School of Microbiology, UNAH, joined the TC team. The team extends a warm welcome to our new member.


February 28-March 6, 2010

Dr. Esteban Chaves and Dr. Norman Rojas, professors from the University of Costa Rica delivered the workshop "Bacterial Pathogenesis" to MEIZ students, at UNAH, Honduras.

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February 17, 2010

Dr. Maritza Canales was appointed Chair of the Scientific Research Unit of the School of Microbiology, by Dr. Reina Laura Rivera, Chair of the School.


February 15-19, 2010 and March 3-6, 2010

Dr. Edith Rodriguez, MD and Epidemiologist delivered the workshop "Field Epidemiology" to MEIZ students, at UNAH, Honduras. This workshop was possible thanks to the cooperation of the Honduran Ministry of Health.

MEIZ Edith

February 12 2010

Dr. Ana Sanchez and Sheila Young, Brock International organized the "Symposium on Measuring Success of International Development Work", Dr. Sanchez presented a talk "Turning Evaluation into a Learning Process". The symposium was organized in partnership with IDRC and held at Brock University. Ibrahim Daibes, Senior Program Officer from Global Health Research Initiative was also in attendance.

Brock Interntional

From Left to Right: Sheila Young; Sandra K. Znajda; Sarah Earl; Ibrahim Daibes; Ana Sanchez; Vic Neufeld; María del Carmen Suescun

For more information see article

February 2010

Dr. Gustavo Fontecha, MEIZ Research Coordinator, published the article "From the rye Alt3 and Alt4 aluminum tolerance loci to orthologous genes in other cereals". Plant and Soil Journal, Volume 327, Number 1, February 2010

For more information see article

January 10-24, 2010

The Honduran Teasdale-Corti team (Lourdes Enriquez, Maritza Canales, Ada Argentina Zelaya, Vilma Espinoza, Gustavo Fontecha and Doris Quan) and the Canadian team (Ana L. Sanchez, Renzo Bautista, Dan Malleck and Eduardo Fernandez) met at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada to participate in the following workshops:


1. "Outcome Mapping": Delivered by Kaia Ambrose on January 10 – 12, 2010

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Additionally, the new GHRI program officer Anna Dion travelled to St. Catharines from Ottawa to introduce herself to the team and take part in the workshop.

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2. "Best Practices in Pedagogy in Higher Education": Delivered by Dr. Joe Engemann, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, Brock University, on January 18, 2010

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3. Planning Meetings for MEIZ curriculum and the reformulation of the project’s objectives and evaluation methodology

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November 16-20, 2009

The Global Health Research Initiative of Canada invited Dr. Ana Sanchez to their II Global Health Leadership Awards (GHLA) Cohort Meeting held in Havana, Cuba, on 16-20 November 2009. The GHLA meeting was held within the Global Forum for Health Research, Forum 2009: Innovating for the health of all. Dr. Sanchez presented the talk "Setting Priorities for Health Research and Infectious Diseases: A closer look to Central America's capacity to generate high quality research"

Dr. Sanchez, Cuba Nov 16

November 16, 2009

Dr. Ada Zelaya and Dr. Lourdes Enriquez in collaboration with Microbiology students organized a Biosafety workshop on "Disinfection Procedures and Waste Disposal" for laboratory personnel of the Department of Microbiology. During the workshop the newly developed operating procedures manual was discussed.

Biosafety, Nov 16

November 4-5, 2009

Dr. Lourdes Enriquez and Dr. Maritza Canales, met in Costa Rica with Dr. Esteban Chaves, Netropica Coordinator, to explore opportunities for research collaboration

Netropica Nov 4-5
Netropica Nov 4-5

November 2-4, 2009

Dr. Ana Sanchez participated in the first meeting of the WHO/TDR Disease Reference Group on Zoonoses and Marginalized Infectious Diseases (ZOOM-IN) held in Liverpool, UK, on November 2-4, 2009. As part of the meeting agenda, Dr. Sanchez presented the talk "Setting Research Priorities on Infectious Diseases of Poverty", addressing the urgent necessity of building capacity in low income countries so they can undertake high-quality and sustainable research.

Dr. Sanchez ZOOM=IN Nov 2-4

November 1-3, 2009 (NeTropica)

The current graduate students, MEIZ Academic Coordinator, Dr. Maritza Canales and Honduran T-C team leader Dr Lourdes Enriquez attended the V Biennial NeTropica Meeting: "NeTropica, 10 years of promoting collaborative research on Tropical and Neglected Diseases" held in Punta Leona located in the Central Pacific Coast, Costa Rica, on 1-3 November, 2009. All MEIZ nine students were sponsored by both NeTropica organizers and the Teasdale-Corti project.

Netropica Nov 1-3
Netropica Nov 1-3

The NeTropica Meeting organizing committee invited Dr. María Elena Bottazzi and Dr. Lourdes Enriquez de Madrid to give talks at the conference. Dr. Bottazzi presented the conference "The antipoverty vaccines: Innovation and new tools for the control of soil-transmitted helminth infections" on Nov 2 and Dr. Enriquez presented the conference "Enterotoxigenic and Enteropathogenic E. coli contamination in drinking water within peri-urban house-holds in Tegucigalpa, Honduras" on Nov 3

For more information on NeTropica (Central American Network for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases) visit: http://www.netropica.org

October 2009

During this month the master program delivered symposia and workshops for MEIZ students, health professionals and faculty of the Department of Microbiology:

Dr. Ada Zelaya coordinated 3 different symposia:

1. October 30, 2009: The symposium "Biosafety in the prevention of Infectious Diseases". There were four invited speakers

a) Dr. Ivette Lorenzana, Department of Microbiology, UNAH, delivered the conference "Biosafety in the prevention of Influenza A H1N1"
b) Dr. Karla Cruz, Project Coordinator, Global Health Leadership Awards Project (GHLA), delivered the conference "Food Safety"
c) Dr. Lourdes Reyes, SANAA, delivered the conference "Water Microbiological Quality"
d) Dr. Norma Soto, Honduran Veterinary Medical Institute, delivered the conference "Biosafety in the Production of Biological Products"

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2. October 26, 2009: The symposium "Quality in the Clinical, Veterinary and Industrial Laboratory". There were four invited speakers:

a) Dr. Liza Madrid, Accreditation Officer, Honduran Council for Sciences and Technology (COHCIT), delivered the conference "ISO 15189 Standards"
b) Dr. Carolina Alvarado, Laboratory of Virology, Ministry of Health, delivered the conference "Quality in the Laboratory of Virology"
c) Dr. Claudia Barahona, Honduran Veterinary Medical Institute, delivered the conference "Quality in the Veterinary Laboratory"
d) Dr. Lourdes Díaz, LANAR, delivered the conference "Quality Monitoring of Exportation Products"

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3. October 19, 2009: The symposium "Quality in Health Services". There were four speakers invited:

a) Dr. Jorge Abraham Arita, MBA, Faculty of Economic Sciences, UNAH, presented the conference "Quality Integrated Management"
b) Dr. Pina María Boquín, Department of Quality, Ministry of Health, delivered the conference "Quality in Health Services"
c) Dr. María Luisa Matute, Chair of Laboratory Department, Ministry of Health, delivered the conference "Quality in the Clinical Laboratory"
d) Dr. Ada Zelaya, Department of Microbiology, UNAH, presented the conference "Health Quality Indicators"

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October 19-21. 2009

Dr. Ana Sanchez and Dr. Lourdes Enriquez, principal investigators of the Honduras-Canada Teasdale-Corti team grant participated in the 2nd Teasdale-Corti Grants Team Meeting held on October 19-21, 2009, in Cairo, Egypt. They presented the talk "Health Research Priorities for Latin America with Special Emphasis on Central America". This event was organized by the Global Health Research Initiative (GHRI) of Canada.

T-C Meeting, Cairo Oct 19-21

October 5-9. 2009

Dr. Ramon A. Torres, professor of basic and administrative sciences delivered the workshop "Writing and Evaluation of Research Projects" for MEIZ students.


September 1-4, 2009

Dr. Ana Sanchez delivered the intensive course "Global Health", the first graduate course in the Masters Program. Dr. Daniel Malleck, Associate professor, Brock University and Dr. Eduardo Fernandez, McMaster PhD student and Brock's adjunct professor were invited as international speakers for this course.


Global Health Course, September 09

September 3, 2009

Dr. Dan Malleck, Associate Professor of the Department of Community Health Sciences, Brock University, travelled to Honduras to deliver a workshop on research ethics at the Microbiology Department, UNAH.


September 2, 2009

Dr. Dan Malleck, Associate Professor of the Department of Community Health Sciences, Brock University, travelled to Honduras to deliver a workshop on problem-based learning at the Microbiology Department, UNAH.


August 31, 2009

The Teasdale-Corti program Honduras-Canada held the opening ceremony of The Master program in Infectious and Zoonotic Diseases (MEIZ)

Dra. Calderon, September 09
Dr. Rutilia Calderon declared the program officially inaugurated.


Seated at the main table during the ceremony,
Dr. Rutilia Calderon, Vice-rector, Academic, UNAH
Dr. Mirna Marin, Dean, Faculty of Sciences, UNAH
Dr. Ana Sanchez, Principal Investigator T-C, Brock University
Dr. Lourdes Enriquez, Principal Investigator T-C, UNAH
Dr. Maritza Canales, Academic Coordinator, MEIZ

Click here to hear an exerpt of Dr Rutilia Calderon's speech (audio file in Spanish)

Dr Liette Vasseur, Vicepresident Research, Brock University and Ms Zoe Boutillier, Research Officer, GHRI could not attend in person but kindly sent written congratulatory messages for the occasion.

See more details of the ceremony (PDF in Spanish)

In the afternoon, MEIZ research laboratory was inaugurated with a formal ceremony that included a ribbon cutting by the Dean, Faculty of Sciences, Dr. Mirna Marin, Dr. Ekaterina Bonilla, Academic Coordinator, Microbiology Department and Dr. Ana Sanchez, Principal Investigator T-C, Brock University. As well the laboratory was dedicated to Canadian Researchers Lucille Teasdale and Pietro Corti and a plaque with their names was unveiled.

Cutting the ribbon, August 09
Innaguration, August 09
Dra. Calderon, August 09

August 24, 2009

During this week the 9 graduate students of MEIZ attended orientation week which included several symposia and workshops.

See more details of the orientation week (PDF in Spanish)

August 8-15, 2009

Dr. Ana Sanchez and Dr. Lourdes Enriquez, Principal Investigators of Teasdale-Corti Honduras-Canada program travelled to Atlanta, Georgia, USA to explore collaboration opportunities Honduras Outreach Inc. and the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.

Atlanta, August 09

The same dates, Dr. Sanchez and Brock PhD student Angela Duarte participated in the BSL3 Sciences and Safety training at Emory University.

August 5-7, 2009

Dr. Ada Zelaya, Biosafety officer of Teasdale-Corti Program travelled to Mexico D. F., to participate in a Biosafety workshop.

June 30, 2009

Biosafety Course: Ada Zelya has organized the first course on biosafety in Honduras. It will be a one full day activity held as a pre-congress course in the framework of the VI National Congress of Microbiology. The main speaker will be Dr Edgar Sevilla an expert on biosafety from Mexico.

For more information see flier

May 28, 2009

The Honduras-Canada Teasdale-Corti Project awarded 11 "School of Microbiology Advancement Grants" to faculty members of the School to undertake important work on infectious disease research, teaching and service.

To know more about the projects follow this link

May 6-15, 2009

Ana Sanchez, Gustavo Fontecha and Brock PhD student Angela Duarte travelled to the Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health, Winnipeg, Canada to participate in two activities related to Biosafety and Biocontainment:

The Biosafety Management System in Laboratories Seminar (May 6–8) and the 8th Annual International High Containment Workshop (May 10–15)

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Ana Sanchez, Gustavo Fontecha and Angela Duarte with Course Instructors at the National Microbiology Laboratory, Winnipeg

March 23-26, 2009

Ana Sanchez and Maritza Canales travelled in March to Sri Lanka, invited as peer-reviewers for the GHRI Teasdale-Corti Team Grant "Veterinary Public Health as Part of the Global Response to Emerging Diseases. Building a Sustainable Model in Sri Lanka with Extension to South and Southeast Asia"

Sri Lanka
Ana Sanchez and Maritza Canales the University of Peradeniya with Vice-Chancellor H. Abeygunawardena and Project leaders Craig Stephen and Preeni Abeynayake

January 25-31, 2009

The Honduras-Canada Teasdale-Corti team met in January in Washington DC to undertake their mid-term project evaluation. They were hosted by Dr. Maria Elena Bottazzi, professor and researcher of the Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine Department at GWU.

Washington DC
The Team at GWU accompanied by Dr Peter J. Hotez, (centre) Distinguished Research Professor; President, Sabin Vaccine Institute; Walter G. Ross Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, & Tropical Medicine at GWU.