The Society's Peruvian colleagues convened another successful ASTMH Peru Annual Conference in Lima this past February (see Spanish agenda and English agenda). Held for the fourth consecutive year, with increasing attendance each year, this year’s event attracted 388 attendees – mostly from Peru, a few from the United States and two from Brazil.
ASTMH Peru is organized annually by the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 6 (NAMRU-6). It provides those Peruvian investigators who had presentations and posters at the ASTMH Annual Meeting in the U.S. the opportunity to present their research to local colleagues in their native language. Funds raised at the Peruvian event are put towards a scholarship for local researchers to attend the ASTMH Annual Meeting. Since the initial ASTMH Peru, 6 Peruvian scientists have travelled to the U.S. on these scholarships.
Richard Oberhelman, MD, president of the Society’s Clinical Group, delivered the keynote presentation, focusing on international collaborative training grants.
The following sponsors supported this year’s event: Instituto Nacional de Salud, Peruvian Society of Infectious and Tropical Diseases (SPEIT), Instituto de Medicina Tropical “Alexander Von Humboldt” – Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (IMT AvH), the Instituto de Medicina Tropical “Daniel A. Carrión” - Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (IMT DAC) and the Peru Infectious Diseases Epidemiology Research Training Consortium. The event was partially funded by the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología del Perú, CONCYTEC.
From the Field
Daniel G. Bausch, MD, MPH&TM, ASTMH councilor, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans/U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 6, Lima, Peru, provided the following personal reflection from the event:
“Another great meeting in Peru. One of the key facets is the opportunity for young scientists, who may not have the means to travel to the United States for the annual meeting, to directly participate in the presentation of their work and communicate directly with others in their field. We all know that those face-to-face meetings at the coffee break are equally as important as the formal presentations. I think that this is the wave of ASTMH’s future, representative of the Society’s desire to globalize its membership and message.”