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Lecture: Congenital Cytomegalovirus Infection: The Silent Global Epidemic and Contributor to the Minority Achievement Gap
October 17, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute is pleased to welcome Dr. Sallie Permar from Duke University School of Medicine for a guest lecture on Wednesday, October 17, at 4:00 pm, in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room, Wilson Library. Her presentation is titled Congenital Cytomegalovirus Infection: The Silent Global Epidemic and Contributor to the Minority Achievement Gap.
Dr. Permar is a physician scientist focusing on the prevention and treatment of neonatal viral infections. She leads a research laboratory investigating immune protection against vertical transmission of neonatal viral pathogens, namely HIV and cytomegalovirus (CMV), using human cohorts and nonhuman primate models. Dr. Permar has made important contributions to the development of vaccines for prevention of vertical HIV transmission, defining both innate and adaptive immune responses that are associated with protection against infant HIV acquisition. Moreover, Dr. Permar is leading the development of HIV vaccine strategies in maternal/infant nonhuman primate models and clinical vaccine trials in infants. Dr. Permar has also contributed to understanding the immunology of perinatal CMV transmission and the pathogenesis of postnatal infection in preterm infants. Dr. Permar developed the nonhuman primate model of congenital CMV infection and uses this model for defining the immune correlates of protection against CMV transmission and vaccine development. Dr. Permar has a PhD in Microbiology/Immunology from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, an MD from Harvard Medical School and completed her clinical training in pediatric infectious diseases at Children’s Hospital in Boston.