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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Bio News Texas
Bio News Texas highlights Dr. Peter Hotez and the work of Baylor's National School of Tropical Medicine in supporting students from Boston University.
"The National School of Tropical Medicine was founded by Dr. Peter Hotez in 2011 as part of Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in Houston, TX. The goals of the school are to promote and provide education, healthcare, research and public policy for diseases that affect over one billion people worldwide. These diseases are collectively referred to as neglected tropical diseases, or NTDs.
Why neglected? Most people are not aware of these diseases because they typically affect only the poorest people among us. According to Dr. Hotez, not only do NTDs disproportionately affect the poor, they are also a cause of poverty. This is because most of these conditions are chronic, or cause lasting debilitating effects that prevent people from being able to learn, work, and make a better life.
The group of dedicated scientists and physicians at the National School of Tropical Medicine (NSTM) are committed to ensuring that these diseases do not remain neglected. One of the ways they are doing this is through education. Each summer a select group of pre-health students from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, are invited to BCM in Houston for a two week Tropical Medicine Summer Institute. The students who are chosen are immersed in tropical medicine, medical research, public health, NTDs, and even get hands-on lab experience."