Wednesday, March 11

6:00 – 8:00 PM

Satellite Registration
Westin Memphis Beale Street Hotel

Friday, March 13

Marlo Thomas Center for Global Education and Collaboration (GECC) Research Symposium

7:45 AM


8:15 AM

Welcome and Announcements
Elaine Tuomanen, MD

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Buddy Creech, MD, MPH
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

8:30 – 12:00 AM

Frontier Lectures in Infectious Diseases

8:30 - 9:15

Enterovirus Acute Flaccid Myelitis 
Kevin Messacar, MD
University of Colorado

9:15 - 10:00

Towards an HIV cure: Immune-based latency reversal
Ann Chahroudi, MD, PhD
Emory University School of Medicine

10:00 - 10:15 Coffee and Refreshment Break
10:15 – 11:00

Looking for the bacterial stem cell-specialized bacterial hideouts for colonization and persistence
Manuel Amieva, MD, PhD
Stanford University

11:00 - 11:45

Keynote Address

Pneumococcus: New affairs of the heart and developing brain
Elaine Tuomanen, MD
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM


12:00 - 1:00 PM


Introduction of 2020 John H. Erskine Lecture in Infectious Diseases
Elaine Tuomanen, MD

2020 John H. Erskine Lecture in Infectious Diseases
Quorum-Sensing Communication; from viruses to bacteria to Eukaryotes
Bonnie Bassler, PhD
Princeton University

1:00 - 2:00 PM Lunch
2:00 - 2:30 PM Coronavirus-Pest of Pestilence
Mark Denison, MD
Vanderbilt University

2:30 - 3:15 PM

Oral Abstract Presentations by PIDS and St. Jude/PIDS Fellowship Award Recipients

Single-cell RNA sequencing analysis of Zika virus infection in human stem cell derived neuroprogenitor cells and cerebral organoids
Karen Ocwieja, MD Children's Hospital Boston 

Restriction of Rhinovirus Infection depends on Early Interferon Induction
Jennifer Rathe, MD, Seattle Children’s Hospital

Human Intestinal Tract Serves as an Unrecognized Route of Infection for EV-D6-8
Megan Culler Freeman, MD, PhD – Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Antibodies to peptides representing Plasmodium falciparum circumsporozoite protein reflect acquisition of naturally acquired immunity in Malian adults and children
Deanna Friedman-Klabanoff, MD, University of Maryland School of Medicine 

Microbial Cell Free DNA Sequencing for Prediction of Culture-Negative Infection Events in Children with Cancer
Katy Goggin
, MD, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

3:30 – 5:00 PM Research Poster Presentations
6:30 PM St. Jude/PIDS Reception and Dinner
Mississippi Ballroom at the Westin Hotel

Saturday, March 14

Marlo Thomas Center for Global Education and Collaboration (GECC)

7:45 AM


8:30 - 9:15 AM Luminary in Pediatric Infectious Diseases

My Journey in Clinical Research: Where did that idea come from?
Sheldon L. Kaplan, MD
Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital
9:15 AM – 10:00 AM Career Development Presentation

Transitioning from Fellow to Attending Physician: What Do You Need to Know?
Kristina A. Bryant, MD
University of Louisville
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 12:00 Career Pathways Brief Talks and Panel Discussion
Introduction: Anne Blashke, MD, PhD and Ann Chahroudi, MD, PhD

  • A circuitous path to antimicrobial stewardship
    Ritu Banerjee, MD, PhD, Vanderbilt University

  • A Career in Med-Peds and Clinical Research 
    Evan Anderson, MD, Emory University

  • Pathways in Pediatric Infectious Diseases: Clinical Practice, Research, and Public Health
    Kristen Feemster, MD, MPH, Pennsylvania Department of Public Health

  • A series of fortunate events: my non-linear career in global health
    Chandy John, MD, MS, Indiana University
12:15 – 1:00 PM
*Attendees are invited to participate in 2 of the 3 sessions. Each session will run approximately 45 minutes
Lunch and Career Paths Breakout Discussions
1:00 PM Welcome and Introduction to GHS
Miguela A. Caniza, MD
1:05 PM

Luminaries in Global Health Research

Considerations in Global Health
Coleen Cunningham, MD
Duke University

2:00 PM Luminaries in Global Health Research

20 years of studying malaria transmission and immunity: the very slow path to learning something useful
Chandy C. John, MD, MS
3:00 PM Global Health Career Development Q&A
Coleen Cunningham, MD
Chandy C. John, MD, MS
3:15 – 4:15 PM Global Health Poster Session
5:00 PM Prizes
5:10 – 5:30 PM Global Network Session - Introduction
5:30 – 6:30 PM Global Network Session - Group Discussion by Career Types