MBID Research Retreat scheduled for March 7

By Roman Petrowski, Office of Communications

MBID Research Retreat

Registration is open for the 2024 Molecular Basis of Infectious Disease (MBID) Research Retreat. The annual event will be held March 7 at the Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine (1825 Pressler St.).

The MBID retreat, which began in 2008, aims to foster communication and collaboration among molecular pathogenesis researchers in Texas. With an average attendance of 150 scientists, the retreat serves the MBID faculty and students, as well as investigators, in the Greater Houston area, including: UTHealth Houston; University of Houston; Baylor College of Medicine; Texas A&M; UTMB; Houston Methodist Research Institute; University of Houston – Downtown; and Houston Community College.

The retreat begins with a career development panel, featuring graduates of participating institutions, followed by graduate speaker presentations selected from submitted abstracts. The morning keynote speaker is Maria Elena Bottazi, PhD, professor at Baylor College of Medicine, associate dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, and co-director of the Texas Children’s Hospital for Vaccine Development.

Following a midday poster session, the afternoon keynote speech will feature Rita Tamayo, PhD, professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. The day will conclude with early career presentations followed by an award ceremony for best posters and talks for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Registration for the event is free and open through Monday, Feb. 26. For more information, contact Carolyn Agurcia-Parker at Carolyn.A.AgurciaParker@uth.tmc.edu.