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Mycobacterium Symposium-December 2011

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.”

 LVC Mini-Symposium Program

Mycobacterium Symposium-November 2008

A major goal of the Center is to foster the development of key areas of strength towards new collaborations and grant submissions. To this end, we will organize a series of symposiums to bring investigators together.

First up, the Center held a day-long symposium entitled, “Symposium on Mycobacteria, Tuberculosis and Host Defense” on November 21st, 2008. Invited to present at this seminar were faculty, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students currently working in TB-related research at LSUHSC-NO, Tulane University Primate Research Center and LSU-Baton Rouge.

Approximately twenty participants attended 12 presentations covering a wide of array of ongoing projects in Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), tuberculosis and vaccine development. Follow up plans include a regular journal club/discussion group and a further symposium.