• Neglected Tropical Diseases

Neglected Tropical Diseases

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) comprise a group of chronic parasitic, viral, and other related infections that affect more than 1.4 billion people worldwide, represent a significant contributor to global poverty, and have well-documented chronic and disabling effects. They represent the common conditions of the world’s poorest people.

To address the urgent need to improve the strategies for the prevention, treatment and diagnosis of these diseases around the world, leaders of Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital recently have established the new National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and, in partnership with the Sabin Vaccine Institute (Sabin), have created a partnership relocating the laboratories of the Sabin Vaccine Institute Product Development Partnership to Texas Children’s Hospital.

The newly established Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, led by Dr. Peter Hotez, will allow for the expansion of efforts to develop, manufacture, and test vaccines against NTDs and other infectious diseases affecting low-income populations in the United States and worldwide. The Center for Vaccine Development will also expand its outreach to assist in our nation’s biodefense and public health emergency preparedness.

Furthermore, this partnership allowed for the establishment of Baylor College of Medicine’s National School of Tropical Medicine, the first school of its kind in the United States solely committed to addressing the world's most pressing tropical disease issues and where Dr. Hotez will also serve as founding dean. The National School of Tropical Medicine will launch a variety of basic, clinical and biotechnology educational programs to train a new generation of scientists and health professionals.

The Center for Vaccine Development is establishing strong ties with Texas Children's Global Health Initiatives and is exploring a range of programs and initiatives to address challenges in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of some of the world’s most devastating infectious and parasitic diseases.

For more information visit www.texaschildrens.org/tropicalvaccine or email tropmed@bcm.edu.