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.


The 6th Annual CEND Symposium has now passed, please check back for information on the 7th Annual CEND Symposium later this year!

Academia and the Global Health Pipeline: Basic Science, Innovation, and Translation
Friday January 10th, 2014 — 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
UC Berkeley, Li Ka Shing Center Auditorium, Room 245

Confirmed Speakers Include:

Norma Andrews, University of Maryland
New Insights into the Intracellular Life Style of Trypanosomatid Parasites

William Bishai, University of Kwa Zulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
TB Pathogenesis: Subversion by Small Molecules

Fidelis Cho-Ngwa, University of Buea, Cameroon
Onchocerciasis: State of Chemotherapy and Drug Discovery Activities at the ANDI Centre of Excellence, University of Buea, Cameroon

Alan Cowman, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne, Australia
Understanding how the Malaria Parasite Invades and Renovates the Human Red Blood Cell

Warner Greene, The Gladstone Institutes of Virology and Immunology
Depletion of CD4 T Cells in HIV Infection is Mainly a Suicide, Not a Murder

Steve Kern, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Accelerating Global Health Innovations toward Real Solutions in the Field

The symposium will also feature a panel discussion on the topic of engaging academia in global health product development. Panelists include Eric Easom, Vice President of Neglected Diseases Drug Discovery at Anacor Pharmaceuticals, Ponni Subbiah, Global Program Leader of Drug Development at PATH, and Tom Dubensky, Chief Scientific Officer at Aduro BioTech.

New to this year's symposium is a poster session to complement the exciting line-up of plenary speakers. Participants are encouraged to present 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 by December 18th, 2013. General registration will close January 6th, 2014.

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