The education program at the ASTMH Annual Meeting includes these primary components:
- Pre-meeting courses
- Abstracts (oral and poster)
- Plenary sessions
Online Program Planner
View the complete annual meeting schedule, including presenters and presentation titles. Schedule is subject to change.
Late Breaker Abstract Submissions
Submission Deadline: September 23
Abstract notices have been sent.
Abstracts submitted on or before May 6 have been notified.
Basic Science Pre-Meeting Course
November 17, 2009
The Intersection of Nutrition and Infectious Disease:
Challenges and Opportunities for Studying Nutrition - Disease Interactions in the Developing World
This course will target scientists, physicians, clinicians, graduate students and educators who wish to gain a better understanding of the consequences of undernutrition on infectious disease and other health outcomes, as well as an understanding of how infection contributes to nutritional deficiencies. Topics will include: an overview of the burden of malnutrition and enteric diseases in the developing world tools; technologies to identify normal gut flora and intestinal pathogens; nutrition and immune function and inflammation; maternal-child interactions; nutrition, infection and child development; and, opportunities for interventions.
Clinical Pre-Meeting Course
November 17-18, 2009
The Highly Prevalent Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs):
Update on Clinical Aspects and Novel Approaches to Control
The neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a group of chronic infections whose major impact is in producing significant disability and suffering in those affected, who primarily consist of the world's poorest people. The most prevalent NTDs include the soil-transmitted helminths (ascariasis, trichuriasis, hookworm infection), schistosomiasis, lymphatic filariasis, trachoma and onchocerciasis. More recently, the food-borne trematodes (opisthorchiasis, clonorchiasis, fascioliasis, paragonimiasis) have emerged as important causes of morbidity in several areas of the world. Over 1 billion people are currently infected with at least one of these NTDs, and many are concurrently affected by more than one. Reduction of disease burden or interference with transmission of NTDs would have both immediate impact on global health and longer-term effects on economic growth and development. The course will provide updates on the highly-prevalent NTDs listed above, with special emphasis on the latest innovations in diagnosis and treatment, as well as current control strategies, including efforts at integration of interventions. In addition, updates will be provided on the state of current research on new control drugs, diagnostic materials, insecticides and vaccines. Presentation will include an update on the clinical aspects of the disease and an update on the latest and future control strategies.
New for 2009! Global Health Sessions
The mandate of the new global health subsection within ASTMH will focus on globalization's impact on health, health disparities and global health partnerships.
Examples of topics for the global health sessions could include but are not limited to:
- Multidisciplinary approaches to north-south global health partnering/core curricula, academic competencies and models of partnered research and service
- Non-communicable diseases and chronic health problems of the developing world
- Socioeconomic determinants of health in the developing world
- Climate and environmental impact upon the health of the developing world
- Cost-effective prevention of disease in the developing world
- Improving health metrics in the developing world
- Global health workforce crisis
- Rapid diagnostics and drug delivery for low resource settings
- Water and sanitation in the developing world
Global Health Cornerstone Symposium Speakers
Thursday, November 19
Dean Jamison, HS, PhD
Professor of Global Health
University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
Friday, November 20
Harold Varmus, MD
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
New York, New York
View all global health sessions to be presented at the conference using the Online Program Planner.
Opening Plenary Session
Wednesday, November 18
Peter Agre, MD
Professor, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
Thursday, November 19
David Heymann, MD
Chairman of the Board
Health Protection Agency
London, United Kingdom
Commemorative Fund Lecture
Friday, November 20
Fred Binka, MD ChB PhD
Professor, School of Public Health
University of Ghana