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2017 Annual Meeting


Call for Symposia
Submission deadline: February 28, 2017
Download the Call for Symposia with symposium submission guidelines and link to submission site.

Call for Annual Meeting Travel Awards
Submission deadline: March 29, 2017
The Call for Annual Meeting Travel Award applications with submission guidelines will be available here on February 15.
The online application will be available here on February 15.

Call for Abstracts
Submission deadline: April 12, 2017
The Call for Abstracts with abstract submission guidelines will be available in early March.

2016 Annual Meeting

Online Program Planner - Find a Speaker, Presentation or Topic
The Online Program Planner allows you to view the entire program, including plenary, scientific and poster sessions, symposia and abstracts. Search for a specific speaker or presentation and create your own itinerary for the Annual Meeting.

Inaugural Alan J. Magill Malaria Eradication Symposium 

November 14, 2016, 4:00 - 5:45 p.m.
To honor the life and work of ASTMH Past President Alan Magill, who at the time of his untimely death in 2015 was promoting the bold goal of global malaria eradication as the Malaria Director at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a symposium on malaria eradication will be held each year during the Annual Meeting. This inaugural symposium will include a historical review of lessons from previous malaria eradication campaigns, cutting-edge science that may transform malaria eradication strategies, the latest results of applications of molecular and immunological tools to understand malaria transmission, and challenges and progress in the development of a Single Encounter Radical Cure and Prophylaxis (SERCaP) drug for malaria eradication. These talks will be followed by a panel discussion of prospects of and progress toward malaria eradication at which diverse viewpoints will be solicited from the panelists and audience. Melinda Gates will provide introductory remarks via video.

Pre-Meeting Courses 2016

Pre-Meeting Course Brochure and Annual Meeting Overview is now available.

Clinical Pre-Meeting Course
Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13

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Clinical Ultrasound in Resource Limited Settings- From Basic to Advanced
Co-chairs: Enrico Brunetti, MD, Daniel Kaminstein, MD and Walter (Ted) Kuhn, MD, RDMS, FASTMH, Received a CTropMed

This intensive two day workshop will combine hands-on ultrasound training with expert discussion of most of the common illnesses found in resource limited settings that are amenable to evaluation by point-of-care ultrasound.  The course is aimed at all skill levels from those who have never touched an ultrasound to those who use it in their day-to-day practice.   Participants will be provided with 3 separate hands-on scanning blocks throughout the two day course. Hands-on sessions will include evaluation of the liver, spleen, aorta, heart, lungs, lower extremity veins and eyes.  There will also be a hands-on ultrasound guided procedures workshop.  Scanning sessions progress from basic to advanced, with lectures, panel discussions and case presentations covering the ultrasonographic characteristics of the common diseases seen in resource limited settings.  These include, but are not limited to:  extra-pulmonary tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, echinococcus, schistosomaisis, filariasis, rheumatic valvular heart disease, cardiomyopathy and lung infections.  All faculty have ultrasound expertise and significant experience in point-of-care ultrasound in resource limited settings.   Hands-on faculty to participant ratio will be 1 to 5 to insure everyone gets ample opportunity to practice hand-on scanning using live models. This course will be limited to 100 participants.

Parasitology Pre-Meeting Course
Sunday, November 13

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Chemical Biology: A New Tool for Parasite Biology and Drug Development
Co-chairs: Kevin Esch, DVM, MPH, PhD and Wesley Van Voorhis, MD, PhD

In recent years there has been a revolution in high-throughput screening and molecular techniques that have led to the discovery of compounds with activity against parasites. These compounds drive biologic knowledge and drug development for parasites. The compounds, if their targets can be discovered, become molecular probes into biological processes of parasites and can be applied throughout lifecycles to elucidate target function. In addition, many collaborations between academic and industry groups have arisen, generating promising compounds for drug development.

This pre-meeting course will provide examples of processes that lead to the discovery of small molecules with antiparasite activity. The course will examine how targets of these compounds are identified, using chemical-genomic approaches and ligand-based approaches. The course will investigate how the molecular structure of compound targets are elucidated and how iterative co-crystallography can be used to improve the potency and general properties of compounds. The speakers will provide examples of kinetoplastid and helminthic drug discovery programs and how industry-academic drug discovery interactions occur. The program will explore how pharmacokinetics and safety interact with drug discovery programs to enhance success. Finally, the course will explore recent examples of antiparasitic resistance and how those resistance mechanisms are characterized.

Global Health Pre-Meeting Course
Sunday, November 13

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The Science of Disease Elimination
Chair: Kim Lindblade, PhD, MPH

Eradication of disease is the aspirational goal of global public health efforts, and yet only one infectious disease of humans-  smallpox- has been eradicated to date. There are ongoing efforts to eradicate poliomyelitis, dracunculiasis, yaws and malaria, and five more infectious diseases have been identified as potentially eradicable. Diseases that are potentially eradicable share a number of critical features, including the absence of a non-human reservoir or environmental amplification, availability of diagnostics, and an efficient and effective intervention. Additional factors such as financial support to implement interventions and political commitment are crucial to mount a successful eradication campaign. In recent years, health leaders have put forward the concept of disease elimination while calling upon scientists and policy makers to determine ways to achieve this noble aspiration. Global commitments to finance disease control programs worldwide have made this concept a tangible reality. Although these commitments are unprecedented in their amounts, they may still fall short in being able to reach the desired outcome unless progress can be demonstrated. Progress inspires continued support as without continued support, elimination and ultimately eradication are not possible.

Meanwhile, breakthroughs in program management, treatment, diagnostics, informatics, mapping, modelling and analysis to eliminate or eradicate diseases are notable. The pre-meeting course will focus on highlighting elimination topics, explaining their scientific theory, describing the implementation of elimination strategies and their evaluation to assess their utility in helping to drive transmission to zero, and maintaining it there. The course will also explore what is needed to develop successful partnerships and how the science can assist in gaining support for policy and political will. The course will also present disease-specific topics that integrate the range of elimination science topics to demonstrate how the components of elimination science came together to help drive particular diseases to elimination or near-elimination as well as successes and challenges from existing disease elimination and eradication programs.

Arbovirology and Medical Entomology Pre-Meeting Course
Sunday, November 13

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Know Thine Enemy: Methods to Identify Mosquitoes and the Viruses They Carry
Co-chairs: Lyric C. Bartholomay, PhD and Kathryn Hanley, PhD

In the wake of major outbreaks of arthropod-borne viruses in the Americas, the course organizers have joined forces and gathered expertise from the American Committee of Medical Entomology and the American Committee on Arthropod-borne Viruses to speak to the challenges of identifying the culprit vector and virus in a mosquito-borne disease epidemic. The course will review the process of vector incrimination whereby the mosquito vector and viral etiologic agent are revealed. From the vector perspective, speakers will discuss methods for knowing thine enemy via arthropod identification, vector competence studies, targeted trapping informed by an understanding of vector biology and biogeography. From the virus perspective, faculty will discuss approaches to cast a broad net in order to identify and isolate a variety of arboviruses using classical and state-of-the art culture and sequencing approaches, along with field-applicable rapid diagnostics for particular virus species of interest. During the course, participants will have the opportunity to see live mosquito specimens and receive basic training in mosquito identification.  Select participants will have an additional opportunity to visit the CDC and MR4 laboratories to see how mosquito colonies are maintained and mosquitoes are manipulated for vector competence studies.