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Global Health Research Forum on Microbial Resistance

CGHATS Fourth Annual Conference Presenters

From left to right: Mark Polhemus, MD (CGHATS), Christine King, PhD (CGHATS), Tina Lupone, MPH (CGHATS), Jyotirmoy Nandi, PhD (CGHATS), Michael Cynamon, MD, Jennifer Moffat, PhD (CGHATS), Anna Stewart Ibarra, PhD (CGHATS), Michael Ellis, MD (USUSH), Nathaniel Cady, PhD (College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering)

Biomedical researchers from across the country convened on the Upstate Medical University campus for a global health research forum on microbial resistance, a growing threat caused by resistant microorganisms that fail to respond to conventional treatment, resulting in prolonged illness, greater risk of death and higher costs. Areas of concern include Tuberculosis (multi-drug resistant and extremely multi-drug resistant), methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and the emergence of new viral and bacterial resistance mechanisms, making the latest generation of antibiotics and treatments virtually ineffective.

The forum was held Friday, April 25, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in 2231 Weiskotten Hall.

Speakers Included:
Jennifer Moffat, PhD
Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
SUNY Upstate Medical University
“Genetic variation in varicella-zoster virus thymidine kinase is the root of antiviral resistance”

Michael Cynamon, MD
Professor of Medicine
SUNY Upstate Medical University
“Chemotherapy for Tuberculosis: Past and Future”

Michael Ellis, MD
Deputy Director, Infectious Disease Division
Uniformed Services University
“Evaluating Strategies to Prevent Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus Skin and Soft Tissue Infections in Military Trainees”

Nathaniel Cady, PhD
Associate Professor of Nanobioscience
SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering
“Circumventing resistance: Inhibition of biofilm formation and quorum sensing in bacterial pathogens”