In the News

The Society's latest press releases and links related to news coverage of tropical medicine and global health.

January 2014: WHO announced the University of Oxford has received designation as a WHO Collaborating Centre in Geospatial Disease Modelling. Based in the Spatial Ecology and Epidemiology Group (SEEG) in the Department of Zoology, this new designation primarily recognises the contributions of SEEG to supporting the modelling, monitoring and evaluation activities of the WHO Global Malaria Programme. SEEG is led by ASTMH member Simon Hay.

November 2013: From the Annual Meeting - Read our releases on dengue in the United Statesinnovation with a human dietary supplement and new research on vivax malaria.  

October 9, 2013: As Cholera Death Toll Climbs in Post-Earthquake Haiti, New Studies Show Disease Emerging as a Driver of Progress in Public Health. Read the press release.

July 22, 2013: Scientists Prove Ticks Harbor Heartland Virus A Recently Discovered Disease in the United States. Read the press release.  

March 11, 2013: Scientists Make iPhone into Low-cost Microscope to Diagnose Intestinal Worm Infections in African Children. Read the press release.

January 16, 2013: New study finds malaria, typhoid -- not Ebola -- biggest health threat for travelers to tropics. Read the press release.

December 12, 2012: Child pneumonia risks in rural homes not significantly lowered by use of ceramic indoor cookstoves. Read the press release.

October 1, 2012: New study in October AJTMH finds snakes in the wild harbor deadly mosquito-borne EEEV virus throughout winter hibernation. Read the press release.

September 17, 2012: ASTMH and its partners invite you to attend a special event to recognize successes in the fight against NTDs on Capitol Hill, September 19, 2012, in Russell Senate Office Building 385. View the invitation.

September 13, 2012: Where do we stand? Read the September 2012 appropriations update.

August 15, 2012: Where do we stand on appropriations? An August 2012 update.

August 7, 2012: View the invitation and agenda for the 2012 Science Diaspora reception held in July in Washington, DC.

August 1, 2012: New study finds strong evidence of humans surviving rabies bites without treatment, casting doubt exposure is always a death sentence. Read the August 2012 AJTMH press release.

July 26, 2012: ASTMH President James Kazura recently spoke with BBC Africa about the malaria studies featured in the July AJTMH. Listen to the interview: Part 1Part 2.

July 19, 2012: Reminder: The abstract deadline for the fifth Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory/Wellcome Trust Scientific Conference (Oct. 1-3, 2012) is July 25. View the conference poster.

July 12, 2012: Congratulations to the 2012 Kean Fellows. 

July 3, 2012: July issue of AJTMH brings new insights from the front lines of the battle against malaria. Read the news release. 

June 19, 2012: Read oral and written testimony calling for increased Department of Defense funding for tropical medicine/global health before the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee.

June 15, 2012: Federal funding--where are we?

June 13, 2012: ASTMH welcomed 74 new members in May 2012.

June 5, 2012: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's keynote speech on global health, titled, "A World in Transition: Charting a New Path in Global Health."

June 4, 2012: On June 5, 2012, ASTMH--in partnership with PATH, PSI, World Vision, Malaria No More and Nothing But Nets--will host a briefing on Capitol Hill on the External Evaluation of the President's Malaria Initiative. View the invitation.

May 30, 2012: On June 7, ASTMH--in partnership with Research!America, Texas Children's Hospital, the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and the Sabin Vaccine Institute--hosts "Global Health Research and Development and the Hidden Burden of Neglected Tropical Diseases in Texas," at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. View the conference agenda. 

May 2, 2012: Six-year study published in the May 2012 AJTMH shows influx of HIV/AIDS funding in Rwanda does not undermine health care services for other diseases. Read the press release. 

May 2, 2012: New study published in the May 2012 AJTMH finds dengue fever costing nearly $40 million in the United States territory of Puerto Rico. Read the press release. 

April 23, 2012: Senate Resolution 429 supports goals and ideals of World Malaria Day.

April 23, 2012: ASTMH President James W. Mazura, MD, FASTMH, statement on World Malaria Day, April 25, 2012.

April 19, 2012: Twenty top malaria researchers and innovators from U.S. companies, research institutions and academic institutions present their work at an Expo on Capitol Hill on World Malaria Day, Wednesday, April 25. Read the media alert.

April 13, 2012: ASTMH President James W. Kazura, MD, FASTMH, was interviewed by a Chicago news station to discuss the spread of malaria and ongoing prevention efforts. Listen to the brief interview clips below:
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April 12, 2012: ASTMH to commemorate World Malaria Day, April 25, 2012, at Capitol Hill event, Advancements in U.S. Science and Technology in Malaria: A Showcase of Domestic Research & Development to Save Lives and Keep Americans Safe. View the invitation.

April 4, 2012: U.N. Reports Increase in Cholera Cases in Haiti as Rains Begin. 

March 28, 2012: On March 28 NIH Director Francis Collins, MD, PhD, appeared before the Senate Subcommittee on Labor Health Human Services Appropriation (also known as LHHS and LaborH) as it considers Fiscal Year 2013 funding for NIH. Read his written submitted testimony.

March 1, 2012: Read Executive Director Karen A. Goraleski's remarks from the Global Health Technologies Coaliation Hill briefing on February 28.

February 29, 2012: View photos from the second annual ASTMH-Peru conference in Lima.

February 16, 2012: ASTMH responds to President Obama's proposed FY 2013 budget.

February 7, 2012: The Washington Post's "Tick tally pinpoints risk areas for Lyme" is based on research presented in the February AJTMH.

February 1, 2012: New map pinpoints areas of highest human risk for Lyme disease in Eastern United States; Research shows infection risk confined mainly to Northeast and portions of Midwest. AJTMH press release.

February 1, 2012: ASTMH announces 2nd Peru Conference, Feb. 16, in Lima. View the poster and the conference agenda (English) (Spanish).

January 27, 2012: Participate in a live webcast Monday, January 30, 6 - 7:30 a.m. (Eastern)--Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases: Ending the Neglect and Reaching 2020 Goals. View the invitation here. Go to the live webcast site.

January 19, 2012: ASTMH President James W. Kazura and Past President Peter J. Hotez penned an editorial for The Atlantic on the budget cuts facing WRAIR.

January 9, 2012: Read ASTMH's statement on the January 12, 2012, Anniversary of the Haiti earthquake. Read the press release about the special Haiti issue of the January AJTMH.

December 13, 2011: View a PDF of Executive Director Karen Goraleski's presentation on advocacy and the scientific community. Learn why U.S. public opinion poll results matter to Congress and to the science community. Do Americans care about global health R&D? Where does the American public stand on support for a U.S. investment in global health R&D?

December 12, 2011: The New York Times reports on call for renewed emphasis on snakebites in papers presented at the 60th Annual Meeting.

December 8, 2011: ASTMH welcomes 2011-12 Council.

December 7, 2011: View a PDF of Peter Hotez's 2011 Presidential Address from the 60th Annual Meeting, "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: The Fight Against Plague, Famine, War and Death."

December 5, 2011: Congratulations to ASTMH 2011 Award winners.

December 4, 2011: ASTMH awards Financial Times, Science its 2011 Communications Award for their body of work in the field of tropical medicine journalism.

November 2, 2011: New in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and HygieneScientists in Global Flu Hot-Spot Report Rare Occurrence of Humans Harboring Two Strains of the Disease at the Same Time.

October 11, 2011: Alliance for Case Studies for Global Health seeks submissions for second edition of Case Studies for Global Health. Get more information here.

October 5, 2011: AJTMH study finds that alternative compound dramatically reduces malaria transmission in Benin. Read the news release.

September 27, 2011: Congratulations to ASTMH President Peter J. Hotez, MD, PhD, on winning the prestigious Abraham Horwitz Award for Excellence in Inter-American Public Health from PAHEF and PAHO. Read the full ASTMH statement here and the news release from the Baylor College of Medicine here.

September 14, 2011: ASTMH President Peter J. Hotez, MD, PhD, discusses neglected tropical diseases in sub-Saharan Africa in Voice of America interview.

September 1, 2011: Get to know a few of the 2011 Ben Kean Fellows.

August 19: The August issue of ASTMH News is now online.

August 18, 2011: Read ASTMH's response to the debt ceiling agreement between Congress and the White House.

August 3, 2011: An examination of the world's largest river basins found nutrient-rich and powerful river discharges led to spokes in the blooms of plankton associated with cholera outbreaks. This study was published in the August 2011 issue of the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

July 19, 2011: ASTMH, CSIS, Research!America and Sabin Vaccine Institute invite you to a briefing on the Department of Defense's Essential Contributions to Global Health, July 28, 2011. Get full details here.

July 12, 2011: Executive Director Karen A. Goraleski offered public witness testimony before Appropriations Chairman Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii) and members of the subcommittee highlighting the tropical medicine efforts of WRAIR, USAMRID and USNMRC. Read the complete testimony here.

July 6, 2011: New in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and HygieneNew Study Finds Cheap Drug Now Used to Treat River Blindness in Africa Could Dramatically Reduce Malaria Transmission.

July 1, 2011: Visit our YouTube channel and see classic interviews with tropical medicine pioneers Karl Meyer, Calista Causey, Tom Monath, Telford Work and Jordi Casals-Ariet.

June 1, 2011: Joint statement signed by ASTMH president and past president calls for aid in fight against cholera.

June 1, 2011: New in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and HygieneScientists Find Increases in Rain and Temperature Could Signal Deadly Cholera Outbreaks Months Before They Strike.

May 26, 2011: ASTMH President Peter J. Hotez to Baylor grads: "Go out and move mountains."

April 27, 2011: ASTMH President Peter J. Hotez, MD, PhD, has been named to the prestigious Council of Councils at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Council is responsible for advising the NIH Director on a variety of policies and initiatives. Read the news release and learn more about the Council of Councils here.

April 27, 2011: "Sparking Innovation to Save Lives: How the U.S. Can Advance Global Health through New Technologies," a program sponsored by the Global Health Technologies Coalition and member organization ASTMH, will be held on Thursday, May 3, in the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. View the invitation and list of scheduled speakers here. The event is free and open to the public.

April 27, 2011: New blog post details USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah's testimony before the Senate State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee. Go to the blog.

April 27, 2011: 60th Annual Meeting news: The agenda for the Basic Science Pre-Meeting Course, scheduled for Dec. 3, 2011, in Philadelphia, is now online.

April 26, 2011: ASTMH, along with other members of the Global Health Council, signed this community statement in support of World Malaria Day. Read the statement.

April 20: ASTMH Web editor Jonathan Mayer, PhD, presents another fascinating interview. Read a Profile in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and Global Health of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and 2010 ASTMH Communications Award winner Tina Rosenberg.

April 1, 2011: See pictures of attendees, presenters and poster presentations at ASTMH's first Peru conference.

March 18, 2011: ASTMH Web editor Jonathan Mayer, PhD, presents the first Profile in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and Global HealthCarolina Barillas-Mury, MD, PhD.

March 8, 2011: A new study revealed that using treated mosquito nets could reduce the transmission of Japanese Encephalitis to humans. Read the entire press release here.

February 23, 2011: ASTMH held a briefing on cholera on Capitol Hill. See the invitation for the briefing and get a brief FAQ on cholera.