Visiting Faculty Seminar

The Tuberculosis Research Advancement Center (TRAC) and The Center for Global Non-Communicable Disease Research present a visiting faculty lunch seminar with Dr. Richard Oberhelman  on Friday, July 12th from 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET in the Tumulty Conference Room, Room 9019, 1830 E. Monument Street.

” Can We Increase the Diagnostic Accuracy for Tuberculosis in Children with Blood Biomarkers and Lung Ultrasound? The Bolivia Pediatric TB Study”

RSVP for lunch here.

TRAC Seminar Series

The weekly Tuberculosis Research Advancement Center (TRAC) Seminar Series is held on Thursdays from 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET in CRB-2, 1M.13 and Zoom. RSVP to join us for lunch by 12pm on Wednesday, May 29th. Add to Calendar

“Journal Club: Pregnancy Outcomes in Women Screened for Tuberculosis Infection in Swedish Antenatal Care” Read the article here.

Natalia Hernandez Morfin, MD, MPH
Senior Research Assistant, Division of Infectious Diseases
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Natalia Hernandez Morfin, MD, MPH, is a senior research Assistant in the Infectious Diseases Department at Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine. She received her medical degree from the Universidad de Guadalajara in Mexico and completed her residency in Pediatrics at the National Institute of Pediatrics in Mexico. She continued her training at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health to earn a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.  Her research interests focus on maternal and child health, infectious diseases, and tuberculosis.

The May TRAC Seminar Series is organized by Dr. Nicole Salazar-Austin and Dr. Ahizechukwu C. Eke through the Clinical Core and will focus on TB & Pregnancy.

Join via Zoom – **New link w/ Passcode**
https://jhjhm.zoom.us/j/99512605810?pwd=NitKVjhqOFRCVURneE12Z2FzN21DQT09
Meeting ID: 995 1260 5810
Passcode: 107907

TRAC Seminar Series

The weekly Tuberculosis Research Advancement Center (TRAC) Seminar Series is held on Thursdays from 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET in CRB-2, 1M.13 and Zoom. RSVP to join us for lunch by 12pm on Wednesday, May 15th. Add to Calendar.

“Scars of one disease in two bodies: Community statement for TB and pregnancy research”

Buci Beko is a drug-resistant TB survivor. Buci worked for Doctors without Borders on a Drug-Resistant TB program as a patient support supervisor and a counselor for families that are infected and affected with Drug-Resistant TB in Khayelitsha Cape Town (South Africa).  Buci is a TB proof member and tireless TB advocate advocating to improve care for people impacted by Drug-Resistant TB. Buci has a degree as a social worker.

Oxana Rucsineanu has a Master in Public Health and a Licentiate in Education.  Oxana is a DR-TB survivor herself and is leading a patient-led Civil Society Organisation in Moldova, which provides psychosocial support, peer education and activities to end stigma, focusing on the rights of people affected by TB, comprehensive approaches to TB care and engaging communities in research and development.  She is committed to advocating for constructive partnerships and efficient treatment processes as well as to making TB voices heard in the national and global TB response.  Oxana is an active member of the TB National NGOs and Key Affected Populations Platforms, Country Coordinating Mechanism and TB and HIV National Committee of Experts in the country.  Regionally and internationally, Oxana is affiliated to TB Global Community Advisory Board, Global Coalition of TB Activists, TB People, South Eastern Europe Regional Community network (SEE-RCN) and World Health Organization Regional Committee of TB, HIV and Viral Hepatitis (RCC-THV).  Furthermore, for several years Oxana is providing specific consultant services at regional level and has experience in collaboration with the WHO Europe, TB Europe Coalition, and Eurasian Harm Reduction Association etc.

The May TRAC Seminar Series is organized by Dr. Nicole Salazar-Austin and Dr. Ahizechukwu C. Eke through the Clinical Core and will focus on TB & Pregnancy.

Join via Zoom – **New link w/ Passcode**
https://jhjhm.zoom.us/j/99512605810?pwd=NitKVjhqOFRCVURneE12Z2FzN21DQT09
Meeting ID: 995 1260 5810
Passcode: 107907

TRAC Seminar Series

The weekly Tuberculosis Research Advancement Center (TRAC) Seminar Series is held on Thursdays from 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET in CRB-2, 1M.13 and Zoom. RSVP to join us for lunch by 12pm on Wednesday, May 8th. Add to Calendar

“NASEM Report Findings and Implications for Research”

Ahizechukwu C. Eke, MD PhD MPH
Ahizechukwu C. Eke, MD PhD MPH
Associate Professor
Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Ahizechukwu Eke, MD PhD MPH is an Associate Professor and Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine research within the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Calabar School of Medicine in Nigeria, and completed 2 residencies in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University College of Medicine, Nigeria and Michigan State University respectively. He continued his training at Harvard University to earn a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Health Policy & Management. Dr Eke completed a dual Fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and finished a PhD in Clinical Investigation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. He is quadruple-board certified (in Obstetrics & Gynecology (x2), Clinical Pharmacology, and Maternal Fetal Medicine).

His research interests include understanding the pharmacokinetics (PK), pharmacodynamics (PD), pharmacoepidemiology, pharmacogenomics, and pharmacomicrobiomics of drug use in pregnant women. He has been working with the International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials Network (IMPAACT) as principal investigator and co-investigator for numerous pharmacokinetic drug studies in pregnant women. Dr Eke has served the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) in numerous leadership positions. He currently serves on the ACOG National Clinical Guidelines Committee, and on several other national and international OBGYN committees, including an Editorial Board member of Obstetrics & Gynecology (the Green Journal) and the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM’s) committee for addressing legal, ethical, regulatory, and policy issues for research specific to pregnant and lactating persons. Dr Eke has over severalPubMed cited peer-reviewed research publications, and has won several teaching and research awards.

The May TRAC Seminar Series is organized by Dr. Nicole Salazar-Austin and Dr. Ahizechukwu C. Eke through the Clinical Core and will focus on TB & Pregnancy.

Join via Zoom – **New link w/ Passcode**
https://jhjhm.zoom.us/j/99512605810?pwd=NitKVjhqOFRCVURneE12Z2FzN21DQT09
Meeting ID: 995 1260 5810
Passcode: 107907

TRAC Seminar Series

The weekly Tuberculosis Research Advancement Center (TRAC) Seminar Series is held on Thursdays from 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET in CRB-2, 1M.13 and Zoom. RSVP to join us for lunch by 12pm on Wednesday, May 1stAdd to Calendar

“Tuberculosis and pregnancy: a focus on levofloxacin”

Jennfer Hughes

Jennifer Hughes, MBBCh
Desmond Tutu TB Centre (DTTC)
Department of Paediatrics and Child Health
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa

Dr. Jennifer Hughes graduated from the University of Cardiff, Wales (United Kingdom), in 2005 with a degree in medicine and surgery and a bachelor’s degree in Public Health. She worked as a junior doctor in a rural district hospital in South Africa before joining Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF, Doctors Without Borders), where she worked with local stakeholders to run the decentralised drug-resistant tuberculosis programme in Khayelitsha. She was involved in the early roll-out of bedaquiline and delamanid in South Africa and is still a member of the National Clinical Advisory Committee for management of DR-TB in the country.

Since 2017, Jennifer has been working as a research doctor at the Desmond Tutu TB Centre (DTTC), under the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town. Her main research focus is the pharmacokinetics and safety of new drugs and optimised treatment regimens in children and pregnant women with drug-resistant TB.

The May TRAC Seminar Series is organized by Dr. Nicole Salazar-Austin and Dr. Ahizechukwu C. Eke through the Clinical Core and will focus on TB & Pregnancy.

Join via Zoom – **New link w/ Passcode**
https://jhjhm.zoom.us/j/99512605810?pwd=NitKVjhqOFRCVURneE12Z2FzN21DQT09
Meeting ID: 995 1260 5810
Passcode: 107907

TRAC Visiting Faculty Seminar

The Tuberculosis Research Advancement Center (TRAC) Visiting Faculty Seminar will be held on Wednesday, May 8th from 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET in CRB-2, 1M.13 or via Zoom. RSVP for lunch by Tuesday, 5/7 by 12pm. Add to Calendar

” Prevention of Tuberculosis in Macaques by an Attenuated, Stress-response Deficient Mutant of Mycobacterium tuberculosis via Induction of Classical T cell Immunity”

 

Deepak Kaushal

Deepak Kaushal, PhD
Senior Advisor to the Director
Southwest National Primate Research Center
Director, Center for Biomedical Imaging
Professor of Host Pathogen Interactions
Texas Biomedical Research Institute

Deepak Kaushal, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Southwest National Primate Research Center (SNPRC) at Texas Biomedical Research Institute (Texas Biomed). The SNPRC is one of the seven nationally funded primate research centers. Between 2018-2023, Dr. Kaushal oversaw the SNPRC operations, a ~ $40 million NIH-funded national resource for primate research, as its Director. During this time, the SNPRC added 25% more faculty, 75% more extramural funding, and 25% more research NHP resources.  At this time, Dr. Kaushal serves as the Senior Advisor to the current SNPRC Director.  Dr. Kaushal is principal investigator on multiple NIH-funded grants and is co-investigator of several other NIH grants. He is recognized for having developed the macaque model of TB using the natural inhalation route of infection and a model of Mtb/HIV co-infection.

This Visiting Faculty Seminar is presented by the Microbiology, Immunology, Animal Modeling & Imaging (MIAMI) Core.

Join via Zoom – **New link w/ Passcode**
https://jhjhm.zoom.us/j/98997765082
Meeting ID: 989 9776 5082

RSVP for lunch by Tuesday, 5/7 by 12pm.

TRAC Seminar Series

The weekly Tuberculosis Research Advancement Center (TRAC) Seminar Series is held on Thursdays from 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET in CRB-2, 1M.13 and Zoom. RSVP for lunch by 12pm on Wednesday, 4/24. Add to Calendar

“Updates from the NAR/NTCA TB Conference”

Lucia Cilloni, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow
Samyra R. Cox, MPH, PhD Candidate, Epidemiology

Emily McNair MSPH
Manvi Poddar, MSPH Candidate
Isadora Salles, MHS

The April TRAC Seminar Series is presented by the Bioinformatics, Modeling & Biostatistics Core.

Join via Zoom – **New link w/ Passcode**
https://jhjhm.zoom.us/j/99512605810?pwd=NitKVjhqOFRCVURneE12Z2FzN21DQT09
Meeting ID: 995 1260 5810
Passcode: 107907

TRAC Seminar Series

The weekly Tuberculosis Research Advancement Center (TRAC) Seminar Series is held on Thursdays from 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET in CRB-2, 1M.13 and Zoom. RSVP for lunch by 12pm on Wednesday, 4/10. Add to Calendar

“Understanding and addressing gender disparities to end TB”

Katherine Horton, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Katherine Horton is an infectious disease epidemiologist with the TB Modelling Group at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her research interests focus on gaps in access to TB prevention and care, and she has been studying gender disparities in TB for the past decade. She is the LSHTM principal investigator and consortium modelling lead for the LIGHT Consortium, which aims to support policy and practice in transforming gendered pathways to health for people with TB in urban settings, and she co-chairs the Union’s working group on Gender Equity in TB.

The April TRAC Seminar Series is presented by the Bioinformatics, Modeling & Biostatistics Core.

Join via Zoom – **New link w/ Passcode**
https://jhjhm.zoom.us/j/99512605810?pwd=NitKVjhqOFRCVURneE12Z2FzN21DQT09
Meeting ID: 995 1260 5810
Passcode: 107907

TRAC Seminar Series

The weekly Tuberculosis Research Advancement Center (TRAC) Seminar Series is held on Thursdays from 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET in CRB-2, 1M.13 and Zoom. RSVP for lunch by 12pm on Wednesday, 4/3. Add to Calendar

“Cost-effectiveness of screening with transcriptional signatures for incipient TB among U.S. migrants: a modelling study”

Yuli (Lily) Hsieh, PhD Candidate
Asst. Member, Center for Discovery and Innovation HMH
Harvard PhD in Health Policy (Decision Sciences); Harvard Center for Health Decision Science

Lily Hsieh is a PhD student in Health Policy (Decision Science track) at Harvard University. Her research focuses on using disease simulation models, causal inference methods, and cost-effectiveness analysis to evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of disease screening guidelines and new diagnostic tools. Lily holds a BSc in Pharmacology from the University of British Columbia and an MPH in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases from the Yale School of Public Health.

The April TRAC Seminar Series is presented by the Bioinformatics, Modeling & Biostatistics Core.

Join via Zoom – **New link w/ Passcode**
https://jhjhm.zoom.us/j/99512605810?pwd=NitKVjhqOFRCVURneE12Z2FzN21DQT09
Meeting ID: 995 1260 5810
Passcode: 107907

TRAC Seminar Series

The weekly Tuberculosis Research Advancement Center (TRAC) Seminar Series is held on Thursdays from 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET in CRB-2, 1M.13 and Zoom. RSVP for lunch by 12pm on Wednesday, 3/27. Add to Calendar.

“A Fireside Chat with Apoorva Mandavilli, Science Reporter for The New York Times”
Richard Chaisson will moderate a discussion of Ms. Mandavilli’s career path, approach to covering scientific breakthroughs, and advice to scientists for sharing their research with the public.

Apoorva Mandavilli is a reporter for The New York Times, focusing on science and global health. She shared in the paper’s 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for coverage of the pandemic, and was also a member of the team that was a finalist for the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. She is the 2019 winner of the Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting, and has won numerous other awards for her writing.

The March TRAC Seminar Series is presented by the Administrative and Developmental Cores.

Join via Zoom – **New link w/ Passcode**
https://jhjhm.zoom.us/j/99512605810?pwd=NitKVjhqOFRCVURneE12Z2FzN21DQT09
Meeting ID: 995 1260 5810
Passcode: 107907