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Loyola to host international conference on molecular epidemiology and infectious diseases

September 28, 2012

Loyola University New Orleans will host the 11th annual international MEEGID conference Oct. 30 – Nov. 2, 2012. MEEGID, or Molecular Epidemiology and Evolutionary Genetics of Infectious Diseases, will feature an extensive program of presentations featuring internationally-recognized speakers on Loyola’s main campus, as well as a gala dinner at Dickie Brennan’s Palace Café on Thursday, Nov. 1.

A wide-ranging conference, MEEGID deals with the molecular evolution of all pathogens: viruses, pathogenic bacteria, fungi, parasites and prions. In addition to accessing unique, high-quality content, attendees will have the opportunity to network with an interdisciplinary group from around the world – including academics and researchers, as well as health and industry professionals.

Main topics of the conference include:

  • Evolutionary genetics, genomics, proteomics
  • Genetics, population biology and morphometrics of vectors
  • Host genetic susceptibility to infectious diseases
  • Mathematical modelling and bio-informatics
  • Molecular diagnostics
  • Molecular epidemiology
  • Population biology
  • Co-evolution

In celebration of Loyola’s centennial, the conference will also make the final plenary sessions on Friday, Nov. 2, from 2 – 3:30 p.m., open to the public. Pioneering researchers Seth Walk, Ph.D., of the University of Michigan Hospital and Health Systems, Scott Weaver, Ph.D., of the University of Texas Medical Branch, and Frederic Simard, Ph.D., of France’s Institute for Development Research, will present on the evolution of E. coli, the emergence of arthropod-borne viruses, and population genetics and evolution of mosquito species, respectively. All of the final plenary sessions will take place in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex on the corner of St. Charles Avenue and Calhoun Street.

The MEEGID congress series, in conjunction with its companion journal, Infection, Genetics and Evolution, represent the main forum for cross-fertilization between evolutionary science and biomedical research on infectious diseases. A special issue featuring papers from the conference will be published in the journal following the event.

Registration costs range from $350 - $690, or $75 to only attend the gala dinner. For the full schedule of events or to register on-line, visit http://www.meegidconference.com/conference-register.html.

For more information, contact Jess Brown in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5882 or jlbrown@loyno.edu.

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