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Vol. LXIV, No. 8
April 13, 2012
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MacArthur Fellow Helps NIAID Celebrate 2012 International Women’s Day

Dr. Elodie Ghedin (second from r) poses with (from l) Dr. Janine Austin Clayton from the Office of Research on Women’s Health, NIAID deputy director Dr. Hugh Auchincloss, and Nalini Anand from the Fogarty International Center.

Dr. Elodie Ghedin (second from r) poses with (from l) Dr. Janine Austin Clayton from the Office of Research on Women’s Health, NIAID deputy director Dr. Hugh Auchincloss, and Nalini Anand from the Fogarty International Center.

Dr. Elodie Ghedin, assistant professor of computational and systems biology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Center for Vaccine Research, served as guest speaker at the 2012 International Women’s Day Lecture at NIH on Mar. 7.

Her lecture, titled “Genomics and Neglected Tropical Diseases: The View from My Half of the Human Race,” discussed her work studying the genomes of parasites that cause neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) such as leishmaniasis, Chagas disease, elephantiasis, river blindness and African sleeping sickness. NTDs affect more than 1 billion people worldwide and historically have not received as much attention as other diseases. Ghedin emphasized the importance of collaboration among lab researchers, bioinformatics scientists and field workers to improve the understanding of NTDs and to find better ways of preventing and treating them.

Ghedin is a former NIAID postdoctoral fellow and current NHLBI grantee who received a 2011 MacArthur Fellowship for establishing herself as “a leader of international projects that coordinate the efforts of scores of scientists to decode the function of some of the most virulent human pathogens,” according to the MacArthur Foundation. NIHRecord Icon


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