Neglected diseases: Can social good trump profit?

Date & Time

Wed, 12/02/2015
5:30pm-7:00pm

Overview

Neglected diseases, or more specifically neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), refer to major global health problems that affect hundreds of millions of people. Despite the huge burden of these diseases worldwide, there is little or no interest in the pharmaceutical industry in developing effective drugs because these are diseases of poor people in poor regions of the world. This event discussed the moral and ethical considerations, and the challenges of developing vaccines, diagnostics, and drugs for these diseases in the absence of profitable financial markets.

For a recording of this event, please visit Neglected Diseases.

Speaker

James H. McKerrow, PhD, MD
Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences, University of California San Diego

Dr. James “Jim” McKerrow is the Dean of UC San Diego’s Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dr. McKerrow came to UC San Diego from UC San Francisco, where he served as Professor of Pathology and Director of the Center for Discovery and Innovation in Parasitic Diseases, a consortium of academic and industry scientists dedicated to the discovery and development of new drugs for neglected tropical diseases. He is an active teacher and mentor in graduate and postdoctoral programs, lectures to medical and health profession students and has hosted underrepresented students each year for summer research internships. Committed to fostering science education in the community, he gives talks each year to elementary and high school students, and has presented three public lectures in the “Ask a Scientist” series in San Francisco.. Dr. McKerrow completed his residency training at UC San Francisco in Pathology and his internship in Internal Medicine, as well as his medical degree, at SUNY, Stony Brook School of Medicine. Dr. McKerrow completed his doctoral degree in biology at UC San Diego and received his bachelor of science degree in both chemistry and biology at Haverford College in Haverford, Pennsylvania.

Event Resources

Links

Nigeria: Water, Sanitation, Hygiene Crucial to Eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases:http://allafrica.com/stories/201509010051.htmlGates Foundation awards $7 million for neglected tropical disease elimination efforts:http://www.healio.com/infectious-disease/zoonotic-infections/news/online…Why Infectious Tropical Diseases Are Returning to Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/infectious-tropical-diseases-ar…