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2019 Valley Fever Summit

This UC-hosted summit will provide an introduction to coccidioidomycosis, or Valley fever, as well as current and future research investments in California that can inform an effective public health response for the State and the region.

Sponsored by the University of California Office of the President and hosted by UC Merced and the Health Sciences Research Institute. 

Objectives: Increase awareness of the epidemiology, symptoms, and risk factors associated with Valley fever; describe past and current UC research to improve screening and diagnosis, prevention, and treatment outcomes for Valley fever; highlight key priorities for policy and scientific research; facilitate new collaborations between science, policy, and community advocates; acknowledge state leadership for advancing investments to improve public health in California and beyond.  

 Schedule:

(9am-10:20am) Session 1: Disease, Treatment and Outcomes
Introduction and Moderator—Professor Katrina Hoyer, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, UC Merced
Message from Assemblymember  Rudy Salas: https://vimeo.com/368651583/d7ee6c09db 
Dr. Michael Peterson, Vice Chair of Medicine, UCSF Fresno
Morgan Gorris, PhD, Research Scientist, UC Irvine
Lisa Harrington, EdD, Education Consultant

 

(10:40am-12pm) Session 2: Basic Research
Moderator—Professor Clarissa Nobile, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, UC Merced
Dr. Anita Sil, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, UC San Francisco
Professor John Taylor, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, UC Berkeley
Professor Katrina Hoyer, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, UC Merced
Anh Diep, Quantitative and Systems Biology Graduate Student, UC Merced

 

(12pm-1pm): Lunch and Networking

 

(1pm-2pm) Session 3: Future Goals and Gaps
Moderator---Professor Aaron Hernday, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, UC Merced
Dr. Manish Butte, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA
Professor Clarissa Nobile, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, UC Merced