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Infectious Disease: The Host-Pathogen Interface

Infectious Disease: The Host-Pathogen Interface

Infectious Diseases: The Host-Pathogen Interface 

With the advent of vaccines and antimicrobial agents in the twentieth century, it was thought that the tyranny of infectious diseases over humanity was over.  While great strides have been made, infections continue to have a great impact on human health.  These come in at least four forms: old nemeses that still have no universally effective defense; the rapid spread of agents through global travel or food distribution; newly identified infectious agents that crop up almost every year; and the selection of agents with antibiotic resistance or other properties through medical treatment (iatrogenic infections).  This workshop will focus on the host-pathogen interface, which has come to the forefront as we discover that many of the manifestations of infectious diseases result from either overreactions or deficiencies in the host response. 

Thursday, May 10, 2012
9:00 am – Noon
MSB 2.135
Chaired by Steven Norris, PhD, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UTHealth Medical School

Herbert L. DuPont, MD
Center for Infectious Diseases, Division of Epidemiology, UT School of Public Health
“Post-Infectious Irritable Bowel Syndrome - the Interplay of Infection, Genetics and Chronic Inflammation"

Stacey L. Mueller-Ortiz, PhD
Center for Immunology and Autoimmune Diseases, UTHealth Institute of Molecular Medicine
“Mice lacking the C3a receptor (C3aR) are susceptible to Listeria monocytogenes systemic infection despite having an elevated CD4+ Th1 cytokine response”

Shirley Bruce, PhD and Joseph Alcorn, PhD
Department of Pediatrics, UTHealth Medical School
"Antagonism between RSV infection and innate immunity in the lung"

Cesar Arias, MD, PhD
Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, UTHealth Medical School
“Tracking the in vivo evolution of antimicrobial resistance in enterocci"

For more information, please visit the UTHealth Medical School Office of Research Affairs Collaborative Workshops page or contact


Date: 5/10/12, 9am to 12pm
Time: 5/10/12, 9am to 12pm
Location: UT Medical School Building, MSB 2.135
Format: Seminar/Conference
Contact: Kimberly J Campbell -