Presentation examines infectious disease research in the Amazon

Dr. David Craft, medical director of microbiology, and four first-year medical students at Penn State College of Medicine will give a presentation about their summer research in Peru. Sessions will be held on the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine campus from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, in Lecture Room D, and from 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1, in Lecture Room C.

In May and June 2012, medical students Derek Reighard, Hannah Ross-Suits, Jenny Rice and Sara Abu-Tabikh traveled to the Amazon River Valley in Peru to conduct a community survey and infectious disease research related to potable water and sewage in Iquitos, Peru. The students will present a pictorial and video summary of their trip and their research in the under-resourced community of Belen. Data presented will include a community survey on the availability and use of potable water, sewage management, and the potential impact of those practices on the prevalence of infectious diarrhea caused by parasites.


Last Updated October 24, 2012