Vaccine diplomacy in focus at Rice’s Baker Institute Jan. 15


David Ruth

Jeff Falk

Vaccine diplomacy in focus at Rice’s Baker Institute Jan. 15

HOUSTON – (Jan. 8, 2013) – A leading expert on vaccine diplomacy will discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the United States regardingneglected tropical diseases Jan. 15 at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Who: Dr. Peter Hotez, president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, director of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development and fellow in disease and poverty at the Baker Institute.

Baker Institute Founding Director Edward Djerejian will provide introductory remarks.

What: Presentation on “Vaccine Diplomacy: The Shared and Urgent Needs of the United States, the Middle East and Asia.”

When: Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 6 p.m.

Where: Rice University, Baker Hall, Kelly International Conference Facility, 6100 Main St.

The neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are the most common infections of the world’s poorest people and disproportionately occur among nations and populations of strategic interest to the United States. Hotez will speak about the potential benefits and challenges of engaging the Middle East, Pakistan and China in science diplomacy to relieve the shared burden of NTDs.

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.

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About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.