Peter J. Hotez, MD, PhD, is the founding dean of The National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, as well as director of the Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of National Academies as well as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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Peter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D. is Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine where he is also the Director of the Texas Children’s Center for Vaccine Development (CVD) and Texas Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair of Tropical Pediatrics. 
Peter Hotez is a Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine. He is the world’s authority on vaccine science not simply because of scientific background, but because of his active and valuable advocacy work across many platforms. He joins us to discuss the measles explosions in the United States and Europe, the devastation wrought by the anti-vaccine movement Key Learnings 1.  Why your faithful host is angry 2.  The 3 vaccines that are being marginalized in the United States 3.  The 3 major forces behind the current public health crisis 4. The power of the anti-vaccine movement & the lack of clarity behind it’s goals and funding 5.  The impact of vaccine exemptions at the state level 6. The lack of a powerful & organized pro-vaccine advocacy 7.  Dr. Hotez’ evolution from scientist to advocate, finding his voice, & telling a very personal story 8. The pressing need for healthcare providers to become savvy with TV, writing, and social media 9. Realizing the incredible power that physicians have when they step forward on social issues 10. What’s it’s like to go up against the anti-vaccine lobby and the need for more support from physicians who may be either disinterested or afraid. 11.  The next steps needed to begin to stem the tide 12.  The value of educating the next generations of healthcare providers in policy, advocacy, media & importance of meeting them where they live. 13.  The alarming trajectory of measles and the concern it will move through Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America Links Dr. Hotez’ website: Dr. Hotez on Twitter: @peterhotez New York Times article: Crafting Your Scientist Brand: Dr. Hotez’ book “Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism” : #meded, #vaccine, #measles, #influenza, #antivaxx, #epidemic, #healthcare, #socialmedia, #doctors, #podcast, #autism, #politics, #advocacy
Peter Hotez talks about neglected tropical diseases: what are they, where are they found, and where did the term “neglected tropical disease” come from, anyway? Hotez discusses some of the strategies his and other groups are using for vaccine development, and his work as an advocate for childhood vaccines and global health. Host: Julie Wolf Subscribe (free) on iPhone, Android, RSS, or by email. You can also listen on your mobile device with the ASM Podcast app. Julie's biggest takeaways: Renaming “other diseases” - a large collection of disparate diseases such as schistosomiasis, leishmaniasis, and onchocerciasis (also called river blindness) - as “neglected tropical diseases” by Hotez and colleagues was integral to bringing attention to the diseases of the bottom billion, people that live on less than one U.S. Dollar per day. Neglected tropical diseases are often chronic and debilitating without high mortality. These diseases trap people in poverty due to their long-term effects. The NTDs are often associated with terrible stigma that can lead to additional challenges for affected populations. Neglected tropical diseases are found worldwide, in rich and poor countries. The poorest peoples living in the G20 countries (and Nigeria) now account for most of the world’s NTDs. Parasitic infections present challenges for vaccine design, but reverse vaccinology may be a useful strategy. Reverse vaccinology mines genomes to identify promising vaccine candidates in silico, which are then narrowed sequentially for those that are expressed on the bacterial surface, immunogenic, and ultimately protective against disease. This strategy has worked for Neisseria meningitidis, and Hotez is hopeful that it will produce effective vaccines for the parasitic infections he studies. The tradition of individual fields and departments, combined with the old-fashioned notion that scientists needn’t spend their time engaging with the public, has led to flatlined budgets and the rise of anti-science movements. Scientists need to engage the public to ensure the future of science and science-based policy.   Featured Quotes (in order of appearance): “The concept of ‘neglected tropical diseases’ was very much born out of the Millennium Development Goals launched in the year 2000.”   “Treating NTDs in rich countries “is not a resource problem; it’s an awareness problem.”   “If you want to enter global health, we need as many people with a scientific background to go into business and law and international relations as we need to go into traditional scientific pathways”   “Many involved in the antivaccine movement disproportionately involve either parents who are affluent or educated, or both: those who know just enough to do a google search but without the background to separate the garbage from the important stuff. And of course the anti-vaccine groups are deliberately misleading.”   “Research America found that 81% of Americans can’t name a living scientist. That’s our fault. We’re so inward looking that we aren’t taking the time to do public engagement.”   Links for this episode Peter Hotez at Baylor College of Medicine Peter Hotez website Millennium Development Goals published by the World Health Organization in 2000 WHO list of Neglected Tropical Diseases Forgotten People, Forgotten Diseases by Peter Hotez Blue Marble Health by Peter Hotez Public Health United episode featuring Hotez HOM Tidbit: Oncocerciasis now: 1986 British Medical Journal report Send your stories about our guests and/or your comments to
Dr. Peter Hotez, scientist and founding dean at the National School of Tropical Medicine, felt a calling to science and vaccine advocacy after the birth of his autistic daughter. On our latest podcast, Nina speaks with Dr. Hotez on vaccine hesitancy, the flip side of our last podcast on vaccine confidence. Check out our show links at and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at PHUpodcast.
Dr. Peter Hotez is one of the world's leading experts on so-called Neglected Tropical Diseases. These are a set of diseases, often times parasitic, that have historically afflicted the absolute poorest people on the planet. Some of these diseases are better known, like hookworm or leprosy, and now Zika. But most are virtually unknown outside the medical community, and I suspect many doctors as well, have probably never heard of many of them. That may soon change, thanks in part to the work of Dr. Peter Hotez. He is the founding dean of the first national school of tropical medicine in the United States, which is located at the Baylor College of medicine in Houston.     Dr. Hotez is out with a new book called Blue Marble Health that offers evidence to support a provocative thesis that most of the global burden of these neglected tropical diseases can actually be found in the world's wealthiest countries, including the United States. It is poverty among wealth that enables these diseases to fester. And we kick off discussing this theory, before learning how a mild mannered researcher from the great state of Connecticut ends up becoming obsessed with hookworms.    -----SUPPORT THE SHOW----- Click here to make a contribution to the podcast --> 
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May 5th, 1958
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