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Institute for Molecular Medicine & Infectious Disease International Symposium

Drexel University College of Medicine presents:
4th International Symposium on Molecular Medicine & Infectious Disease

Promoting Innovation Through Collaboration
Cancer and Pathogen Genomics – Prevention, Treatment and Cures


September 13–15, 2016

245 N. 15th Street • Philadelphia, PA 19102

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The following prizes were presented during the symposium. Learn more about the prize winners.

Alan Ashworth, PhD, FRS

Drexel Prize in Cancer Biology

Alan Ashworth, PhD, FRS

President, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
San Francisco, Calif.
"Synthetic Lethal Approaches to Cancer Therapy"

Jonathan Karn, PhD

Drexel Prize in Translational Medicine

Jonathan Karn, PhD

Reinberger Professor of Molecular Biology
Chairman, Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology
Director, CWRU/UH Center for AIDS Research
Cleveland, Ohio
"The Molecular Basis for a Future HIV Cure: The Ins and Outs of HIV Latency"

Satya Dandekar, PhD

Drexel Prize in Immunology

Satya Dandekar, PhD

Professor and Department Chair
Medical Microbiology and Immunology
University of California, Davis
Davis, Calif.
HIV infection and Mucosal Immunity: Siege and Defense

Harris A Gelbard, MD, PhD

Drexel's Hilary Koprowski Prize in Neurovirology

Harris A Gelbard, MD, PhD

Director, Center for Neurology Development and Disease
Professor of Neurology, Pediatrics, Microbiology and Immunology and Neuroscience
University of Rochester
Rochester, N.Y.
"Selectively Non-selective Inhibition of Innate Immunity: Treatment for End Organ Diseases of Infectious and Non-infectious Etiologies"

Rita Colwell, PhD

Drexel Prize in Infectious Disease

Rita Colwell, PhD

Distinguished University Professor
University of Maryland, College Park and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
Founder and Chairman, CosmosID
College Park, Md.
"Next Generation Sequencing, Climate, and Cholera"


2014 International Symposium

Symposium Highlights

  • "Blocking Interleukin-1-Mediated Inflammation: From Basic Biology to Clinical Benefits"
    Immunology, Inflammation, and Autoimmunity | Drexel Prize in Immunology Lecture
  • "The Human Microbiome in Health and Disease"
    Microbial Pathogenesis and Vaccines | Drexel Prize in Infectious Disease Lecture
  • "Cancer Metabolism Comes of Age"
    Cancer Biology and Neoplastic Disease | Drexel Prize in Cancer Biology Lecture
  • "Translational Research in Brain and Spinal Cord Injury: Accomplishments and Future Directions"
    Spinal Cord and Traumatic Brain Injury | Drexel Prize in Translational Medicine Lecture
  • "Varicella zoster Virus and Giant Cell Arteritis"
    HIV CNS Disease, Reservoirs, and Eradication | Drexel's Hilary Koprowski Prize in Neurovirology Lecture

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2013 International Symposium

Symposium Highlights

  • "MYC: Targeting Metabolism in Cancer"
    Chi Van Dang, MD, PhD
  • "T Cell Memory and Exhaustion"
    Rafi Ahmed, PhD | Drexel Prize in Immunology
  • "Small Game Hunting"
    W. Ian Lipkin, MD | Drexel Prize in Translational Medicine
  • "A Worm's Tale: RNA Memories and Secrets of Inheritance and Immortality"
    Craig Mello, PhD | Drexel Prize in Infectious Disease
  • "SIV model of HIV CNS disease: Macrophages as latent viral reservoirs"
    Janice Clements, PhD | Hilary Koprowski Memorial Lecture in Neurovirology

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2012 International Symposium

Symposium Highlights

  • "The rotavirus vaccine: From bench to bedside"
    Paul Offit, MD | Drexel Prize in Translational Research
  • "A view to a kill: Molecular and cellular interactions in pathogenesis"
    John Mekalanos, PhD | Drexel Prize in Infectious Disease
  • "How mammals sense infection"
    Nobel Laureate Bruce Beutler, MD | Drexel Prize in Immunology

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Students walking down the hall at the Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease at Drexel University College of Medicine.