The Section of Pediatric Tropical Medicine is dedicated largely to the research of neglected tropical diseases, emerging infectious diseases, and diseases of unmet need. The section organization includes laboratories and a vaccine center that does basic, clinical, and translational research to complement the educational, clinical, and policy-related activities of the National School of Tropical Medicine.
The Section of Pediatric Tropical Medicine and the National School of Tropical Medicine were established in 2011. The Section of Pediatric Tropical Medicine is housed in the Department of Pediatrics because children are disproportionately affected by these diseases. While these diseases may affect people of all ages, interventions are most important and most helpful for children.
Our vaccine research and development activities are carried out at Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development. The Section of Tropical Medicine Laboratories conduct tropical medicine research including including clinical parasitology and diagnostic development and implementation, molecular epidemiology of zoonotic and viral diseases, vector biology and bacterial pathogens, and immunoparasitology.