UND Host-Pathogen Interactions group holds annual Symposium

GRAND FORKS, N.D.—The Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (CoBRE) for Host-Pathogen Interactions at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS) is inviting UND faculty, staff, and graduate and undergraduate students to attend the Annual Host-Pathogen CoBRE Symposium to be held at the SMHS on Tuesday, September 25, 2018. The public is also invited to join UND and regional researchers and the distinguished guest speakers in discussing cutting edge findings in host-pathogen interactions.

Confirmed speakers for the event are:

  • Dr. Laurel Lenz (professor; University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, Colo.) studies bacterial subversion and evasion of host immune responses. Dr. Lenz’s presentation is titled “Bacterial braking of myeloid cell responses.”
  • Dr. Carlos Orihuela (associate professor; University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, Ala.) studies the host-pathogen interaction during invasive pneumococcal disease. Dr. Orihuela’s presentation is titled “Programmed necrosis in the respiratory tract during bacterial colonization and pneumonia.”

“The theme of this year’s symposium is ‘Microbial Influences on Host Responses,’” said Dr. David Bradley, one of the principal investigators of the Host-Pathogen COBRE. “Our guest speakers are internationally recognized experts in how infectious agents circumvent our immune responses. The Symposium brings together those interested in microbial agents and in host immune responses, and leads to exciting new collaborations.”

Along with Dr. Bradley, the center’s other principal investigators are Drs. Colin Combs and Jyotika Sharma. Host-pathogen investigators from the University of North Dakota will also present their research related to infection and immunity in both oral and poster sessions.

The Symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; registration is available at the door. Complimentary continental breakfast and lunch will be provided, including for the general public. The School of Medicine & Health Sciences is located at 1301 North Columbia Road in Grand Forks, N.D.

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Brian James Schill
Assistant Director, Office of Alumni & Community Relations
University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
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