CEND Annual Symposium

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 January 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.

7th Annual CEND Symposium

The 7th Annual CEND Symposium took place on January 9, 2015.

For a story about this year's symposium, please follow this link.

Vaccines and Therapeutics for Emerging and Neglected Infectious Diseases: From Science to Solutions
Friday January 9th, 2015 — 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (reception and poster session to follow)
UC Berkeley, Li Ka Shing Center Auditorium, Room 245

Speakers Include:

Joanne Flynn, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Variability Defines Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infection

Richard Glynne,Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation
Finding New Drugs for Kinetoplastid Diseases: Sleeping Sickness, Chagas Disease and Leishmaniasis

Gerald Pier, Harvard Medical School
Molecular Factors Mediating Immunity Targeting the Conserved Microbial Surface Polysaccharide, Poly-n-Acetyl Glucosamine

David Russell, Cornell University
How Host Physiology Impacts the Drug Susceptibility of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis

Erica Ollmann Saphire, Scripps Research Institute & Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Immunotherapeutic Consortium
Antibodies Against Ebola: The Roadmap

Matthias Schnell, Thomas Jefferson University
Two Birds with One Stone: A Rabies Virus-Based Vaccines Against Filoviruses

The symposium will also feature a panel in academic and industry partnerships, exploring the rewards and pitfalls of translating promising basic science performed at universities to new vaccine and therapeutic development programs led by biotechnology companies. Speakers include Harvard and Berkeley faculty, as well as representatives from Bay Area biotechnology companies including Aduro Biotech, Amyris, and Aridis.

This year's symposium featured a poster session to complement the exciting line-up of plenary speakers. Participants presented posters in the areas of epidemiology, basic sciences and translational research related to emerging and neglected disease. Space is limited for poster presentations. To be considered for a poster presentation, please register and submit your poster abstract to by January 2nd, 2015.

Eventbrite - The 7th Annual CEND Symposium - Vaccines and Therapeutics: From Science to Solutions Registration is free but required. General registration will close January 7th, 2015.

Parking & Directions

Getting to UC Berkeley: Public transit | Driving

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

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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.


Access the symposium agenda and talk abstracts

Videos of the 2014 and 2015 CEND Symposium Events

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