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Understanding a Common Birth-Defect Virus

congenital CMV research and public awareness
September 22nd, 2016
12:00 PM


Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016

11:45 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Forum for Scholars and Publics (Old Chemistry Building Room 011)

(For those coming from the Medical Center, note that Old Chem is on Davison Quad. If you enter Old Chemistry through the main doors facing Davison Quad, you will need to take the stairs or elevator at the left end of the hallway. Our seminar room is in the basement, at the end of the building nearest Perkins Library & the Chapel.)

Light lunch served at noon. Discussion will begin at 12:15.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), congenital cytomegalovirus (cCMV) is the most common viral cause of birth defects and developmental disabilities in the US. It can cause permanent disabilities, such as deafness, blindness, cerebral palsy, mental and physical disabilities, seizures, and death. CMV can cause symptoms at birth or months or years later, and it is found all over the globe. However, very few women are counseled about the virus by their OB/GYNs, who themselves sometimes are not aware of the widespread nature of the virus and its potentially devastating impact. With the recent international focus by public health officials and policy-makers on the Zika virus, cCMV researchers, medical practitioners, and activists are working to raise awareness of risks and prevention of cCMV and support for research for vaccines and treatments.

Dr. Kathleen Muldoon, Ph.D., and Dr. Sallie Permar, M.D., Ph.D., will lead us through a discussion of cCMV. What is it? How can it be prevented? What is its impact on families and communities? What are common misunderstandings? What are the latest developments in the search for vaccines and treatments?

The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Brian Southwell.

Kathleen Muldoon

Midwestern University

Dr. Muldoon received her PhD in anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis. She currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Anatomy at Midwestern University, Glendale, AZ, where she teaches anatomy and embryology to medical and allied health students. Dr. Muldoon maintains several ...

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Sallie Permar

Duke University

Dr. Permar is a physician scientist focusing on the prevention and treatment of neonatal viral infections.  She leads a research laboratory investigating immune protection against vertical transmission of neonatal viral pathogens, namely HIV and cytomegalovirus (CMV), using human cohorts and nonhuman primate models.&...

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Brian Southwell

Brian Southwell is Director of the Science in the Public Sphere Program in the Center for Communication Science at RTI International. In addition, Dr. Southwell is an Adjunct Professor at Duke University, where he teaches social science courses. (This fall, he is teaching PUBPOL 290...

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