2018 SPRING SEMINAR SERIES
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"
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
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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.