CEND Annual Symposium

Symposium Registration

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Emerging and neglected diseases are a group of debilitating and often deadly infections. As a group, these diseases are poorly understood and generally lack effective tools for prevention, control, and treatment. CEND Annual Symposium aims to strengthen connections between San Francisco Bay Area scientists working on infectious diseases of global health importance and the broader global health research, product development, and advocacy communities. The symposium features a dynamic list of invited speakers from around the world, including scientists from developing countries. Each year the event attracts over 400 registrants. Participants include academic researchers from UC Berkeley, UCSF, Stanford, UC Davis as well as representatives from local biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies and global health nonprofits.


”Confronting Persistent Epidemics”
Friday January 12, 2018 — 9:00 am to 5:30 pm (reception and poster session to follow)
UC Berkeley, Li Ka Shing Center Auditorium, Room 245

Symposium Agenda

08:00 AM Registration Check-In

09:00 AM Welcome & Opening Remarks

09:10 AM Stacey Schultz-Cherry , St. Jude Children's Research Hospital— "100 Years and Counting: Influenza Continues to Stump Us"

09:40 AM Andrew Mehle , University of Wisconsin- Madison— "Repurposing Canonical Antiviral Responses to Promote Viral Infection"

10:10 AM Jonathan Yewdell , National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases— "Coming to Grips With Flu Drift"

10:40 AM Q&A

10:55 AM Alfred Andama , Makerere University— "TiO2 Nanotube Based Breath Sensor for Diagnosis of Tuberculosis- Initial Results"

11:20 AM Introduction to Tech Show

11:30 AM --------Lunch + Tech Show and Tell--------

01:00 PM Barbara Valent , Kansas State University— "Follow the effectors: understanding ancient and emerging blast diseases on rice and wheat"

01:30 PM Nick Talbot , University of Exeter— "Combating the Cereal Killer: Investigating the Biology of Rice Blast Disease"

02:00 PM Sophien Kamoun , The Sainsbury Laboratory— "BLASTOFF— Keeping up with a cereal killer"

02:30 PM Q&A

02:45 PM Eric Easom , AN2 Therapeutics— "Leveraging Biotech's Novel Platforms to Tackle Global Health: A Unique Business Model to Overcome Financial Barriers"

03:20 PM --------Coffee Break--------

03:40 PM Thierry Diagana , Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research— "Drug Discovery at the Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases"

04:15 PM Kimberley Seed , University of California, Berkeley— "Recurring conflicts with a single predatory phage drive the evolution of Vibrio cholerae"

04:45 PM Andy Camilli , Tufts University— "Preventing Cholera Using Bacteriophages"

05:20 PM Q&A

05:30 PM Reception & Poster Session


Getting to UC Berkeley: Public transit | Driving

Downtown Bekeley BART: Li Ka Shing Center is 5-10 minute walk from Downtown Berkeley BART.

Public Parking garages:

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Street parking: Metered and two-hour street parking are available around campus, but it can be hard to find a spot. More information.

The 9th Annual CEND Symposium took place on Friday, March 31, 2017.

"Deconstructing TB: Insights from Fundamental Research”

For a story about the 9th Annual Symposium, please follow this link.


If you're interested in being a volunteer for this event, please email Anny at

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