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The seventh annual Great Plains Emerging Infectious Diseases Conference took place on March 29th-30th, 2018, at the University of Iowa College of Public Health. Just as in previous years, this conference served to bring together public health professionals, researchers, faculty, and students in microbiology, infectious diseases and related fields working in the Great Plains and Midwestern states. The GPEID Conference highlights basic, applied, epidemiological and translational research in biomedical and veterinary disciplines. Major topics may include but are not limited to zoonotic and vector-borne diseases, global health, healthcare-associated infections, antimicrobial resistance, molecular diagnostics and epidemiology, public health preparedness, and science communication.
We were pleased to have had Dr. Richard Webby and Dr. Bobbi Pritt as the keynote speakers for the 2018 GPEID conference!
Dr. Richard Webby is a Member of the Department of Infectious Diseases at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis TN and Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Studies on the Ecology of Influenza in Animals (profile). His keynote address, “Current Influenza Threats; What Might GPEID 3018 Be Remembering?” was on Thursday, March 29th.
Dr. Bobbi Pritt is a Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, MN. There she is the Director of the Clinical Parasitology laboratory and Co-Director of Vector-Borne Diseases laboratory services (profile). Her keynote address, “Ticks, Teamwork, and Emerging Pathogens,” was on Friday, March 30th.
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