Each year the Southwest Chapter of AMWA hosts the John P. McGovern Award Banquet and Lecture. AMWA Southwest will be presenting the 2017 McGovern Award to Dr. Peter J. Hotez (see below).
The festivities will begin at 6PM with complimentary beer, wine, and hors d'oeuvres. Admission also includes the buffet dinner, which will begin at 7PM and consist of multiple Treebeards specialities, including vegetarian options.
Dr. Hotez will begin his discussion at approximately 8PM with a lecture entitled, “Zika and the Neglected Tropical Diseases: Making People Care About ‘The Most Important Diseases You Have Never Heard Of.’” Neglected tropical diseases are the most common afflictions of people who live in poverty, including more than 1 billion people globally as well as an estimated 12 million Americans (most in the Southern United States). These are diseases that promote poverty through their long-term effects on child intelligence and development, worker productivity, and women’s reproductive health. But few people have heard of these diseases, with the exception of Zika. In this lecture, Dr. Hotez will describe more than a decade of advocacy and policy efforts to raise awareness among global leaders about neglected tropical diseases. These efforts have led to treatment for hundreds of millions of people globally as well as critical research and development activities.
A question and answer session will follow the lecture.
Seating is limited, so please register early.
About the award recipient: Dr. Hotez is a renowned author, physician-scientist, and global health advocate. He is the founding dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, a professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology, and the Texas Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair of Tropical Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. He also serves as the Baker Institute Fellow in Disease and Poverty at Rice University, president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, and director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development. In 2014 he was selected by the US State Department and White House as a US Science Envoy, focusing on science and vaccine diplomacy for the Middle East and North Africa. Dr. Hotez’s research focuses on developing vaccines for neglected tropical diseases such as hookworm infection, schistosomiasis, and Chagas disease. These diseases affect hundreds of millions of children and adults worldwide. In 2006, as part of the Clinton Global Initiative, Dr. Hotez co-founded the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, which provides access to essential medicines for more than 450 million people. Dr. Hotez has authored more than 400 original papers published in New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, Science, Scientific American, and other journals and is the founding editor-in-chief of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. He has also authored or edited 10 books, including the acclaimed Forgotten People, Forgotten Diseases (ASM Press) and Blue Marble Health: An Innovative Plan to Fight Diseases of the Poor amid Wealth (Johns Hopkins University Press). He has also written op-eds and editorials for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and Huffington Post.