Faculty, graduate students invited to infectious disease retreat

All Penn State faculty, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars who are interested in infectious diseases research are invited to attend the third annual Penn State Intercampus Infectious Diseases Retreat "Pathogen Evolution and Transmission" on May 29-30, at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey.

Everyone interested broadly in infectious diseases is invited and welcome to attend. A major goal is to encourage interactions among faculty, postdocs and graduate students in cross-disciplinary areas of research. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to: modeling of the dynamics of infectious diseases, molecular virology, immunology, entomology and insect vectors, vaccines, impact of climate change, social networks, sexually transmitted diseases,
translational and clinical studies, pathogen adaptation, resistance, food-borne pathogens, bacterial infections, antimicrobial drug development, parasitic infections, global health initiatives, etc.

Faculty participants will have a chance to describe research interests to the group via a series of short, overview presentations. In addition, a break-out session to discuss related issues, including the establishment of a Penn State Institute for Infectious Diseases, collaborative and cross-campus research, and education will be included.

The meeting will be held at the University Conference Center at the Hershey Medical Center beginning at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 29, and will continue through 1 p.m. Friday, May 30.

For guests staying overnight, accommodations have been reserved at the Comfort Inn, Hershey for $69 per night per double room. The hotel is located within approximately one mile of the campus.

People planning to attend the retreat are asked to contact Billie Burns at bburns@psu.edu by May 6.  Free weekday shuttle service between University Park and the College of Medicine at Hershey is available with several departure and return times each day for University faculty and students for research, academic or administrative activities.For information, go to http://www.research.psu.edu/about/shuttle.html

Last Updated March 19, 2009