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​Dr. Jennifer R. Honda

National Jewish Health

When: March 16, 2018
Where: SI 2007 at Noon​

"Role of the Pacific Island Environmnent on the emergence of nontuberculous mycobacterial lung disease"

Dr. Jennifer R. Honda is a basic science, translational mycobacteriologist and Faculty member in the Department of Biomedical Research, Center for Genes, Environment, and Health and the NTM Center for Excellence at National Jewish Health in Denver, Colorado. She also holds an Affiliate Graduate Faculty position in the Department of Tropical Medicine at the University of Hawai’i. Her current research program aims to understand the pathogenesis of nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) lung disease. NTM are cousins to Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the causative agent of tuberculosis. NTM lung disease is an emerging public health threat of increasing importance globally. Patients often endure prolonged treatments with little efficacy and hope for cure.  NTM are geophilic and aquaphilic organisms; thus, it is likely that a variety of factors drive disease emergence. Oceanic coastlines have higher rates of infection and for unknown reasons, Hawai’i shows the highest numbers of NTM lung disease cases in the United States. Thus, the Honda lab focuses on elucidating the 1) environmental- 2) host– 3) microbial factors that contribute to NTM lung disease emergence in Hawai’i and other U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands in order to better under disease emergence globally.​ 

Everyone is welcome to the seminar. If you would like to meet with the speaker, please email Dr. Chris Miller.​

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Diana Tomback speaker at 10th Montana Plant Conservation Conference​

Diana Tomback was invited to talk on February 21st in Helena, MT, to the 10th Montana Plant Conservation Conference, sponsored by the Montana Native Plant Society, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Montana Natural Heritage Program.

The title of the talk was "Why whitebark pine might be listed under the Endangered Species Act." It was part of a morning symposium where we debated the pros and cons of listing. The symposium including a representative from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service talking about the listing process.​