DR. JOHN MEKALANOS
2019 - Our speaker this year will be Dr. John Mekalanos. Dr. Mekalanos is the Lehman Professor at Harvard Medical School. His research spans multiple facets of bacterial pathogenesis with an emphasis on using genetic and functional genomic approaches to explore virulence gene regulation and host-pathogen interactions. Dr. Mekalanos has been at the forefront of cholera research from his graduate studies at UCLA in the 1970s to the present. HIs lecture will focus on cholera biology and how the pathogen affects its host's metabolism.
Lecture Title: "Vibrio Cholerae In Vivo Biology: Microbial Antagonism, cGAS-like Enzymes, and Toxin-Mediate Remodeling of Host Metabolism"
When: April 4th, 2019; Lecture starts at 1:30 pm; Reception starts at 3:00 pm
Where: Etter-Harbin Alumni Center on UT-Austin Main Campus
DR. BEATRICE HAHN
2017 - Dr. Beatrice Hahn, Professor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Hahn's talk entitled “Out of Africa: Tracing the Ape Origins of Human AIDS and Malaria” described the work that she and her group have done to characterize and track the evolution and transmission of AIDS and Malaria from non-human primate species in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Hahn’s research has established the foundation for our fundamental understanding of how Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) was originally introduced into the human population. Through both geographical and epidemiological studies she determined that the virus HIV-1, which has afflicted more than 70 million people and caused more than 30 million deaths worldwide, was transmitted to humans in the first third of the 20th century.
DR. PENNY HEATON
2016 - Dr. Penny Heaton, Director of Vaccine Development for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Heaton’s talk entitled "Reducing Childhood Mortality Through Vaccination: progress, challenges and the future," focused on the progress that Gates Foundation researchers are making to address and reduce mortality in neonates, infants and children, particularly in developing countries where diseases such as malaria and even polio are still important concerns.
Childhood mortality rates have dropped dramatically since 1960. Worldwide, mortality rates in children have dropped from 20 million per year in 1960 to 6.6 million in 2012. Such an amazing decline in such short time is attributed to the development and use of vaccines like the polio vaccine and application of interventions such as malaria control and improved prenatal care. Dr. Heaton and the research teams that she works with are dedicated to bringing mortality rates even lower.
DR. ANTHONY FAUCI
2015 - The inaugural LaMontagne Lecture in 2015, “The Ebola Outbreak: A Perfect Storm,” was presented by Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
To watch a video of the 2015 lecture with Dr. Fauci, click here.
ABOUT THE LAMONTAGNE LECTURE SERIES
The LaMontagne Lecture is made possible by the continuing generosity of the LaMontagne family and friends and through distributions from the John Ring LaMontagne Memorial Chair in Infectious Diseases and Global Health, established in loving memory of Dr. John R. LaMontagne by family, friends and colleagues in 2006.
The John R. LaMontagne Lecture Series continues the tradition of infectious disease research in which Dr. LaMontagne himself was a leader.