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Please join us for this month’s Levy CIMAR Science Talk from our own Shira Doron, MD, who among her many titles is Chief Infection Control Officer for Tufts Medicine where she  oversees Infection Control and Antimicrobial Stewardship. She is also the chair of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Centers of Excellence Subcommittee of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and serves as a consultant to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Antimicrobial Resistance Program.  Dr. Doron will present on “Diagnostic Stewardship as a Tool for Antimicrobial Stewardship” on Thursday, October 26th, at 12 noon.

Antimicrobial misuse and overuse are known problems in patient care, resulting in the rising prevalence of antimicrobial-resistant (AMR) pathogens. Antimicrobial stewardship is a collection of clinical practices designed to turn the tide against AMR. Diagnostic stewardship is just one of these practices and entails ordering appropriate tests for individual patients at the right time, improving clinical care. Dr. Doron leads antimicrobial stewardship efforts including diagnostic stewardship efforts for Tufts Medicine. You can learn more about her work here and more about TMC’s antimicrobial stewardship services here.

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We are excited to announce our first seminar speaker for the 2023-2024 academic year, Professor Alan F. Cowman, who among his many roles is acting Director of Australia’s Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI). An internationally acclaimed expert in malaria research, Prof. Cowman heads a laboratory at WEHI where he and his team aim to advance the understanding of how malaria-causing parasites invade human cells. The seminar—Discovery and Development of Novel Antimalarials and Their Use as Chemical Tools to Discover New Biology of the Malaria Parasite—will take place on  Thursday, September 28th, at 12 noon both via Zoom and in person. Details to come. This talk is jointly sponsored by the Levy CIMAR, the TUSM Global Health Faculty Council, and the Tufts Center for Global Public Health.

Prof. Cowman and his lab study Plasmodium falciparum and other Plasmodium spp. to determine how they infect humans and cause disease. The team collaborate with the Merck pharmaceutical company to develop novel antimalarials, and this academic/industrial collaboration has resulted in development of a clinical candidate that is now in first-in-human clinical trials.

You can learn more about Dr. Cowman and the Cowman Lab here.

We are pleased to welcome Massachusetts General Hospital’s Roby Bhattacharyya, MD, PhD, to present for our May 25th Levy CIMAR Science Lunch, our last seminar of the ’22-’23 season! Dr. Bhattacharyya is an Assistant Professor in the Infectious Diseases Division at MGH as well as an Associate Member of the Broad Institute and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. He will present on “Transcriptional Profiling for Infectious Disease Diagnostics and Discovery” at 12 noon both in-person and via Zoom.

Dr. Bhattacharyya maintains a lab at the Broad where he and his team pursue basic and translational research on pathogenic microbes, with a particular focus on antimicrobial resistance and transcriptional responses to antibiotic exposure, and on characterizing their impact on infected patients, including the immune responses elicited upon systemic infection such as sepsis or COVID-19.

You can learn more about Dr. Bhattacharyya and the Bhattacharyya Lab’s work at  https://www.bhattacharyyalab.org.

Please join us on Thursday, April 27th, at noon for a seminar from Sankha (Bobby) Basu, MD, PhD, Director of Clinical Microbiology at Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Basu’s research interests include the development of novel mass spectrometry approaches, including diagnostic applications in infectious disease.

Dr. Basu earned his MD and PhD from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and completed both his clinical pathology residency and microbiology fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

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