The ninth annual Great Plains Emerging Infectious Diseases Conference will take place on March 27th, 2020, at the University of Iowa College of Public Health. Just as in previous years, this conference served to bring together public health professionals, researchers, faculty, and students in microbiology, infectious diseases and related fields working in the Great Plains and Midwestern states. The GPEID Conference highlights basic, applied, epidemiological and translational research in biomedical and veterinary disciplines. Major topics may include but are not limited to zoonotic and vector-borne diseases, antimicrobial resistance, global health, healthcare-associated infections, molecular diagnostics and epidemiology, public health preparedness, and science communication.
We were pleased to announce Dr. Jean Tsao as the keynote speaker for the 2020 GPEID conference!
Dr. Jean Tsao, Ph. D, studies the blacklegged tick, Ixodes scapularis, and Lyme disease pathogen across varied ecosystems. Her work aims to increase knowledge about the ecology and evolution of ticks and tick-borne pathogens, which is needed to predict and mitigate disease risk in the future. Dr. Tsao serves as an associate professor for the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at the Michigan State University and as a member of the CDC funded Midwestern Center of Excellence for Vector Biology. Dr. Jean Tsao’s keynote address will be on March 27th.
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