The Global Post published a write-up of the June 27th Hill hearing featuring Dr. Peter Hotez: “Calling Attention to tropical diseases on Capitol Hill”
Peter J. Hotez, president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and dean of the new National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, addressed concerns from lawmakers about the relationship between immigration and NTDs. Hotez acknowledged that immigration may be contributing to the incidence of NTDs in the US, but that poverty played a big role.
Dr. Peter Hotez co-authored a report on the prevalence of NTDs in Texas and the American South in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.
Drs. Gregory Simon, Neeraj Mistry, and Peter Hotez's article on NTD impact on child health appeared in the BMJ journal
Dr. Peter Hotez testified on Neglected Tropical Diseases before the House Sub Committee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and international organizations on June 27th.
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Dr. Peter Hotez contributed to sections on neglected tropical diseases.
In 2005, the concept of bundling together multiple chronic parasitic and related infections into the category of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) was proposed because they could be targeted simultaneously with a package of low cost and donated drugs.
Peter Hotez discusses a new European neglected diseases center in Greece in NEO Magazine.
Peter Hotez comments on leishmaniasis infections in Syria in Foreign Policy Magazine.
According to Peter Hotez, a professor of molecular virology and microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine and founding dean of its National School of Tropical Medicine, lack of preventive medicine -- like nets and spraying for sand flies -- is the main driver of leishmaniasis infections in Syria. As a result, Hotez and his team are working to develop a vaccine that prevents the ulcers from forming -- though it is still in early, pre-clinical stages.