Dr. Patrick Lammie on Lymphatic Filariasis in Haiti

January 22, 2010. Patrick Lammie, Ph.D., (far right) is a Senior Scientist with the Division of Parasitic Diseases at the CDC. Dr. Lammie holds several faculty appointments: Adjunct Professor in the Department of Cell Biology at the University of Georgia and at Emory University's School of Medicine's Department of Microbiology and Immunology; and he is an Associate Professor at the James Cook University's School of Public Health. A highlight of Dr. Lammie's visit was his reunion with old friends and colleagues from the recently returned post-earthquake Haiti Program. (From left to right) Rev. Dr. Thomas Streit, C.S.C. (Director of the Haiti Program), Dr. Haldar, Ms. Sarah Craig (Haiti Program Manager), Ms. Caroline Grady (UND '00, Haiti Program Volunteer), and Dr. Lammie.

On a recent visit to the CRND, Dr. Lammie spoke to students about the pathogenesis of Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) and its devastating effects on afflicted communities. Later, Dr. Lammie inaugurated the CRND's 2010 Clinical Translational Seminar Series with a lecture entitled, "Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis in Haiti: Where do we go from here?"

In his seminar, Dr. Lammie reviewed his analysis of the LF problem in Haiti, grounded in decades of research and including important contributions from the UND Haiti Program. Dr. Lammie discussed areas of significant progress, which have dramatically changed the map of endemic LF across the island. Drawing on the lessons learned in recent years, Dr. Lammie outlined future research, which will support innovative approaches in the regions where sizeable LF disease reservoirs still remain.

Current research underlines the necessity of persistent and uninterrupted confrontation of the disease to secure and extend areas where disease reduction has been achieved. LF has been successfully eliminated in other parts of the world as a result of determined community efforts and the resolute commitment of partners in the clinical-translational community.

(Below) Dr. Lammie and students in class. Dr. Marie Denise Milord (seated next to Dr. Haldar) is a physician and postdoctoral researcher working with the UND Haiti Program. She recently returned with her team after the earthquake.




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