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

Dr. Peter Hotez, a leading expert on vaccine diplomacy, will discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the United States regarding neglected tropical diseases Jan. 15 at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Dr. Peter Hotez

Hotez is 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.

His presentation, “Vaccine Diplomacy: The Shared and Urgent Needs of the United States, the Middle East and Asia,” will be at 6 p.m. in Baker Hall’s Kelly International Conference Facility. Baker Institute Founding Director Edward Djerejian will provide introductory remarks.

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.

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About Jeff Falk

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