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2017 Annual Meeting

Call for Abstracts
Submission deadline: April 12, 2017
Abstract notices will be sent in early September.

(Click here to view a recording of the ASTMH webinar on tips for submitting abstracts.)

Call for Annual Meeting Travel Awards
Submission deadline: March 29, 2017
Travel Award notices will be sent mid-June.

Call for Symposia
Submission deadline: February 28, 2017
Symposium notices will be sent in mid-May.

Pre-Meeting Courses 2017


Clinical Pre-Meeting Course

Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5, 2017

Migrant Health: Addressing Health Disparities - A Guide for the Practitioner
Course Co-chairs: Christina Greenaway, MD, FRCPC and Susan Kuhn, MD, MSc, DTMH

This course offers a comprehensive examination of the health disparities and unique health needs of diverse migrant populations, the systems designed to respond to them, and the skills needed by their health care providers. We will review the changes in migration over time and the value migrants bring to our societies. Various national screening strategies will be reviewed along with some disease-specific programs. Recent experiences in managing surges in migration will be presented. Cultural competence skills and their integral role in migrant care will be presented, and illustrated through clinical cases. These topics will be presented by well-recognized faculty with a global perspective. The targeted audience includes any clinician who cares for migrants and would like to develop a deeper understanding of the broad context of migrant health, and expand their knowledge of conditions and skills needed to provide optimal care for this population.

Arbovirology Pre-Meeting Course

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Clinical Presentation and Management of Arboviral Diseases: Lessons from the Bedside for Researchers at the Bench or in the Bush
Course Co-chairs: Lark Coffey, PhD; Kathryn Hanley; PhD and A. Desiree LaBeaud, MD
Facing ongoing global arbovirus outbreaks in people and animals, the American Committee on Arbovirology (ACAV) 2017 pre-meeting course for ASTMH will educate arbovirology researchers from the laboratory and field on clinical arbovirus disease. Participants will learn the clinical presentations of pathogenic arboviruses of humans and animals, how to diagnose and treat infections, and current progress on arbovirus therapeutics and vaccines in development. The course will focus on flaviviruses including Zika virus, alphaviruses, and bunyaviruses that cause arthralgic, hemorrhagic, or encephalitic disease.

Global Health Pre-Meeting Course

Sunday, November 5, 2017

The Economics of Health and Disease: Making the Case for Global Health Spending
Course Co-Chairs: Ilin Chuang, MD, MPH; Juliette Morgan, MD; Christina Polyak, MD, MPH; Miguel Reina Ortiz, MD, MS, MPH, PhD; Eileen Stillwaggon, PhD

Economics and health are inextricably intertwined. Income level, the distribution of income, social status, location, and other social attributes have a critical impact on health and wellbeing for an individual and on population health. At the same time, health status enhances or limits an individual’s and a nation’s prospects for economic and human development. Disease and disability impose a grave economic burden, particularly on poor people and poor populations.

Economics also plays a critical role in determining which health interventions will be implemented. Governments and donors generally require evidence of the preponderance of economic benefits over costs before they will implement programs for prevention or treatment.

This course aims to answer questions that healthcare professionals may have about economic evaluations of health interventions. It includes an overview of the economic burden of disease. Topics include:

  • how an economic study is framed
  • examples of economic studies
  • the kinds of data health economists need to evaluate and defend expenditures
  • how healthcare professionals can gather data needed for economic evaluation of their projects
  • how to utilize economic data to promote global health at the local, national and international level.

Parasitology Pre-Meeting Course

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Single Cell Biology for Parasitologists
Course Co-chairs: Stephen Beverley, PhD, FASTMH and Ian Cheeseman, PhD

From transmission to pathology and treatment, parasitic diseases are the complex result of the actions of individual cells, of groups of cells or organs, and of whole organisms. Technological limitations have largely confined most research to examining bulk populations of host, parasite or vector cells. This has obscured much important biology happening at the single cell level. There have been remarkable advances in the ability to identify, capture and analyze individual cells from their environment which are enabling research at a finer scale than previously feasible. This course will introduce the emerging tools which are being used to dissect the biology of single cells. We will focus on four main areas: I) identification, marking and capture of single cells; II) ‘omics approachs for single cell biology; III) data analysis for single cell biology, and; IV) the scale and cost of single cell analysis. The course will draw from aspects of host, vector and parasite biology.


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.

On-Demand Webcasts of Select Sessions
Click here to purchase an on-demand webcast from the 2016 Annual Meeting. You will be taken to a list of all recorded sessions available.

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.