|Dr. Edgar M. Carvalho
Dr. Edgar M. Carvalho will deliver the first annual NIAID Franklin A. Neva Memorial Lecture. His talk, “The Influence of HTLV-1 in the Immunologic Response and Clinical Manifestations of Helminthic Infection,” will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 10 a.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10.
The new lecture series honors Neva, a noted virologist, parasitologist, clinician and former chief of NIAID’s Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases. He helped grow parasitology research at NIH from a small area of focus to a program that is now spread among four different NIAID laboratory groups and involves approximately 400 NIAID scientific staff at laboratories in Bethesda and abroad.
Carvalho is a professor of medicine and clinical immunology at the Federal University of Bahia Medical School in Brazil and head of the immunology division of the university’s hospital. For the last 25 years, his research has focused on neglected tropical diseases such as leishmaniasis, schistosomiasis, strongyloidiasis and human T-cell lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1) infection. He has helped define the epidemiology, immunology, pathogenesis and clinical manifestations of these diseases. His work has led to novel and effective forms of therapy for leishmaniasis and HTLV-1 infection that currently are in use today.
His lecture will focus on his HTLV-1 research, which began in 1997: Carvalho partnered with Neva to study the influence of the virus on the immune responses of patients with strongyloidiasis. Their collaboration resulted in several important publications and, eventually, the establishment of Carvalho’s HTLV-1 multidisciplinary clinic in Bahia, where infectious disease specialists, neurologists, hematologists and urologists work together to improve the diagnosis, understanding, therapy and control of HTLV-1 infection.
Carvalho earned his M.D. in 1977 and his Ph.D. in 1986, both from the Federal University of Bahia. He did postdoctoral work at Cornell University. He is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and the American Association of Immunologists. He has received the Sendas Award for Outstanding Research in Immunology of Tropical Disease and Brazil’s National Order of Scientific Merit.
Carvalho and Neva were collaborators until the latter’s retirement, and they remained close friends until Neva’s death in 2011.
The lecture is co-sponsored by the Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases, the Franklin A. Neva Memorial Fund established by his family and the Foundation for the NIH.