Trio of COPH professors speak at global health symposium

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Professors Wil Milhous, John Adams and Dennis Kyle represented the USF College of Public Health and its Department of Global Health at the fourth Molecular Parasitology and Global Health Symposium in Panama City, Panama, July 30 – Aug. 1. The symposium celebrated “One Hundred Years of the Panama Canal and Its Impact on Global Health (1914-2014).”

L or R: Drs. Wilbur Milhous, John Adams and Dennis Kyle

From left: Drs. Wilbur Milhous, John Adams and Dennis Kyle

Nicanor Obaldia, a USF Health affiliate associate professor from the Instituto Conmemorativo Gorgas de Estudios de la Salud, served as chair of the scientific committee. A stellar group of internationally renowned scientists was invited to give presentations. In addition to the USF contingent, speakers and presenters came from the Harvard School of Public Health, University of Pennsylvania, University of California – San Diego, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, and Baylor College of Medicine, in addition to staff from the ICGES.

Milhous, professor and associate dean for research, gave a talk entitled “Drug Discovery and Development: The Roles of Government, Industry, Academia, and Product Development Partnerships.” Distinguished University Health Professors Adams discussed the “Molecular Basis of Erythrocyte Invasion by Plasmodium vivax” and Kyle presented “Artemisinin Resistance and Its Impact in the Malaria Eradication Effort: Molecular Basis of Resistance in Plasmodium falciparum.”

The conference also included presentations by Dr. Nestor Sosa, MD, FACAP, director of the ICGES, as well as Dr. Patrick Kelly, director of the Board of Global Health for the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. In addition, Dr. Jorge Motta, president of the Panamanian Associate for the Advancement of Science and awardee of the USF President’s Global Leadership Award, also participated. The conference was coordinated by ICGES and sponsored in part by COPH.

Dr. Nicanor Obaldia is on the far left, Drs. Kyle, Sosa, Milhous, and Adams are located on back row, center.  Also pictured are representatives from Harvard and other distinguished speakers.

Drs. Kyle, Sosa, Milhous and Adams (back row, center, from left) pictured with Dr. Nicanor Obaldia (far left) and other distinguished speakers.

Story by Melissa Bayley and David Brothers, USF College of Public Health