University of Maryland School of Medicine

685 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore
MD
21201
USA
Phone: (410) 706-8695
Fax: (410) 706-6205

TRAINING PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Miriam Laufer, MD
RESEARCH INTEREST: International health, Malaria, HIV-malaria interactions, Traveler's health, Infectious Diseases education

CHIEF OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES: Karen Kotloff
RESEARCH INTEREST: Infantile diarrhea; international health; vaccine development

ASSOCIATES:

Myron Levine, MD, DTPH RESEARCH INTEREST: Epidemiology of bacterial enteric pathogens, development of vaccines against bacterial enteric pathogens

Marcela Pasetti, PhD RESEARCH INTEREST: Immunology of enteric vaccines

Marcelo Sztein, MD RESEARCH INTEREST: Immunological mechinisms, vaccine development

Milagritos Tapia, MD RESEARCH INTEREST: Epidemiology of infectious diseases in developing countries

TITLE(S) OF RECENT FELLOWS’ PUBLISHED PAPERS OR RESEARCH PROJECTS:

Sow SO, Diallo S, Campbell JD, Tapia MD, Keita T, Keita MM, Murray P, Kotloff KL, Levine MM. Burden of invasive disease caused by Haemophilus influenzae type b in Bamako, Mali : Impetus for routine infant immunization with conjugate vaccine. Pediatr Infect Dis J.2005 June;24(6):533-7. Laufer MK, Plowe CV. Withdrawing antimalarial drugs: Impact on parasite resistance and implications for malaria treatment policies. Drug Resistance Updates 7(4-5):279-88, 2004. Tapia M, Sow S, Medina-Moreno S, Lim Y, Pasetti M, Kotloff K, Levine MM. A sero survey to identify the <>to wild type measles among infants in rural Mali . Am J Trop Med Hyg, in press. Cunningham D, Rennels MB : Bordetella pertussis. In Conn , (54th ed): Current Therapy. Philadelphia, Pa. , W B Saunders Co., 2002. Simon, JK, Edelman, R: Clinical Evaluation of Adjuvants. Immunopotentiators in modern vaccines. Elsevier Publishers. Editors Schijns V, O’Hagan D.

GRANT FUNDING RECEIVED FOR FELLOW RESEARCH PROJECTS:

The program is funded by the T32 Program in Vaccinology from NIH. Dr. Laufer received an intramural grant from the University of Maryland School of Medicine for pilot work on the study of group A streptococcus in Bamako, Mali.

MAJOR FEATURES OF TRAINING PROGRAM:

This fellowship program combines a year of clinical training with two or more years of research, which is conducted through the University of Maryland ’s Center for Vaccine Development (CVD). The CVD is active in all areas of vaccinology –from basic science through clinical evaluation and licensure. The CVD also conducts epidemiologic studies to elucidate vaccine priorities and to determine vaccine effectiveness. The focus of CVD research is infectious diseases of global significance, with enteric diseases and malaria as major areas of activity. Fellows work with one or more members of a multidisciplinary team of molecular biologists, immunologists, internists, pediatricians, epidemiologists and biostatisticians. There are opportunities to participate in epidemiologic and vaccine studies in CVD centers located in several developing countries. The research years are funded by a unique NIH training grant in vaccinology.

AFFILIATED HOSPITALS:

NUMBER OF PEDIATRIC BEDS:

FELLOWS ACCEPTED EACH YEAR:

TRAINING FOR MD; DO; MD, PhD:

FUNDING IS ENSURED FOR ALL 3 YEARS:

VISAS ACCEPTED: J1, H1B, Other

IS COMPLETION OF PEDIATRIC RESIDENCY TRAINING IN THE U.S. OR CANADA A REQUIREMENT? YES/NO

THE PROGRAM OFFERS THE FOLLOWING TRAINING:

Program provides training in diagnostic microbiology using laboratories on site:

Microbiology laboratory: YES/NO
Clinical virus isolation laboratory: YES/NO
Molecular diagnostics: YES/NO
Other – Please specify:

Program provides training in infection control and hospital epidemiology as:

Didactic lectures: YES/NO
Hands on experience: YES/NO
Infection Control Meetings/Membership: YES/NO

Opportunity to fulfill the ABP requirements for scholarly activity is available in the following general areas:

Bacteriology/bacterial infections: YES/NO
Epidemiology and statistics: YES/NO
Infection control/hospital epidemiology: YES/NO
Immunizations/Public health: YES/NO
Mycology/fungal infections: YES/NO
Parasitology/parasitic diseases: YES/NO
Virology/viral diseases: YES/NO
Antimicrobial agents: YES/NO
Other – Please specify:

Research opportunities in the section’s program could be describes as:

Basic (bench): YES/NO
Molecular: YES/NO
Translational: YES/NO
Epidemiologic: YES/NO
Clinical: YES/NO
International/Public Health: YES/NO
Health Services: YES/NO
HIV, Basic: YES/NO
HIV, Clinical: YES/NO
ACTG Site: YES/NO
Other – Please specify:

Documented liaison exists offering opportunities for research experience n the laboratory of investigator(s) who is (are) not faculty of the section: YES/NO

Program offers the opportunity to obtain a Master’s degree in a field such as Public Health, Education, Clinical Sciences, or Epidemiology (assuming appropriate arrangements are made): YES/NO

Other – Please specify:

Graduate school courses are available to trainee (assuming appropriate arrangements are made): YES/NO

Program provides substantial clinical experiences for trainees in special areas/hosts:

HIV: YES/NO
Bone marrow transplantation: YES/NO
Solid organ/transplantation: YES/NO
Travelers/adoptees: YES/NO
Adults: YES/NO
Congenital immune deficiencies: YES/NO
Other – Please specify:

Program includes ABP-required core curricula in scholarly activities in didactic lecture course for fellows (includes epidemiology, statistics, research design, and academic careers): YES/NO

Program has an NIH-sponsored training grant: YES/NO

The Infectious Diseases Service is the primary care provider for HIV-infected children and adolescents: YES/NO

Average number of new outpatient consultations per month:

Average number of established outpatient follow-up visits per month:

Average number of new inpatient consultations per month:

Number of trainees completing program in the last 5 years: (2002-2007)