The Louisiana Vaccine Center held its second mini-symposium on Mycobacteria and Disease in December 2011 to foster continued development and new collaborations in one of our key areas of research strength. Dr. Gary Schoolnik, Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, of Stanford University, an eminent researcher in bacterial diseases and co-principal investigator of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)-funded, Tuberculosis Systems Biology Program, attended the symposium.
The meeting featured short presentations by local and regional researchers, post-docs and students who specialize mycobacteria-related research at LSUHSC-NO, Tulane University Primate Research Center and LSU-Baton Rouge.
Presentations covered a wide array of projects in Mycobacterium tuberculosis and M. leprae research, and vaccine development. Following the symposium, Dr. Schoolnik presented a seminar in the LVC’s Infection, Immunity and Vaccine Seminar Program entitled, “Studies on the systems biology of tuberculosis.”