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  World TB Day Symposium: March 24, 2015

KochMarch 24, 2015, was World Tuberculosis Day (TB Day). On March 24, 1882, Dr. Robert Koch announced the discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB). During this time, TB killed one out of every seven people living in the United States and Europe. Dr. Koch’s discovery was the most important step taken toward the control and elimination of this deadly disease. In 1982, a century after Dr. Koch's announcement, the first World TB Day was sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (IUATLD). The event was intended to educate the public about the devastating health and economic consequences of TB, its effect on developing countries, and its continued tragic impact on global health. Today, World TB Day is commemorated across the globe, but more must be done to raise awareness about the effects of TB. Among infectious diseases, TB remains the second leading killer of adults in the world, with approximately1.5 million TB-related deaths in 2013. Until TB is controlled, World TB Day won’t be a celebration, but it is a valuable opportunity to educate the public about the devastation TB can spread and how it can be stopped. PHRI has a long history of research on the research and clinical aspects of TB. This year, several faculty members from PHRI and other departments at the New Jersey Medical School participated in the World TB Day symposium that was held on March 23 and 24 at the Wadsworth Center of the New York State Department of Health in Albany, New York. Drs. Barry Kreiswirth, Marcela Rodriguez and Maria Gennaro of PHRI gave talks as did Drs. Padmini Salgame and Joel Freundlich of the Department of Medicine.

A history on Tuberculosis research at PHRI can be read in the following PDF document

Follow this link to download a PDF copy of the World TB Day symposium

Faculty Positions Infectious Diseases Research

The Public Health Research Institute (PHRI) of New Jersey Medical School - Rutgers University located in Newark, New Jersey, is recruiting a new faculty member at the middle or senior levels to join a growing group of 23 laboratories. PHRI is a leading infectious diseases research center that emphasizes basic and translational sciences. Candidates must have training and experience of the highest quality, and a NIH funded research program addressing critical questions in cell biology, immunology and molecular biology that offer novel insights into pathogenicity, as well as innovative approaches for new vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics. The PHRI Center is housed in a state of the art research facility that has extensive core services, including nationally designated BL3 laboratory and animal facilities, X-ray facility for structural studies and applied genomics center. The PHRI Center offers a robust and highly collegial research environment, generous start-up funds, and a comprehensive benefits package. Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests and accomplishments and a list of at least three references.

Any questions or applications should be sent to: Dr. Barry Kreiswirth, Public Health Research Institute, Rutgers, New Jersey Medical School, 225 Warren Street, Newark, NJ 07103. Telephone: (973) 854-3240. Fax: (973) 854-3101. Email: kreiswba@njms.rutgers.edu

Please note that effective July 1, 2013, as a result of the New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Restructuring Act, several units from the former University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) are now part of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS). For the purposes of payroll and benefits administration, the above position is a legacy UMDNJ position at Rutgers, and is eligible for benefits associated with legacy UMDNJ positions.

The PHRI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To download a PDF copy of this employment opportunity advertisement, which appeared in the February 7, 2014, issue of Science click here

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  09.16.15   A series of scientific writing workshops will take place this fall, focusing on writing the four main sections of a scientific article: Results, Introduction, Discussion, and Abstract. The workshops are open to all faculty, staff, and students at PHRI and the Department of Mircobiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, but are geared specifically to those who are writing or getting ready to write a manuscript. The workshops will be led by Dr. Erika Shor of PHRI, who has extensive experience teaching scientific writing courses and workshops at Princeton University and University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. To download a PDF copy of the flier with workshop dates, location, and registration information, please follow this link.
  09.09.15   This month's Paper Highlights features three publications, from Dr. Marcela Rodriquez' laboratory, Dr. Veronique Dartois' laboratory, and Dr. Selvakumar Subbian's laboratory. For details, please visit PHRI Paper Highlights
  09.04.15   We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Jyothi Nagajyothi, who joined PHRI this month. Her research focuses on Chagas disease, which is caused by the parasite Trypanasoma cruzi, and the particular role of lipids in the pathogenesis of chagasic cardiomyopathy. In addition to being a PHRI faculty member, Dr. Nagajyothi holds an academic appointment in the Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics with New Jersey Medical School. To read more about her research projects, please visit her PHRI web site .
  07.08.15   Dr. Kelley Healey, postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. David Perlin at the PHRI was awarded a 2015 Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow grant to support her research "Elucidating multi-drug resistance in fungal pathogens." For details on her award and research, please visit njms.rutgers.edu
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