Dr. Ivan Gonzalez Joins American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene’s Zika Expert Panel

More than a year since the then-obscure but now notorious mosquito-borne virus erupted in northeastern Brazil, Zika continues to confound scientists seeking to solve its mysteries.

Ivan Gonzalez, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics and Co-Director of the Zika Response Team, joined other top international experts discussing the health impact of Zika at a recent press briefing held in Atlanta as part of the 65th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH).

The panel offered a variety of perspectives on the Zika threat, both in the U.S. and throughout the rest of the world. As Miami is ground zero for local transmission of the virus in the U.S., Gonzalez provided valuable first-hand clinical knowledge at the briefing, which was heavily attended by national and international media reporters.

“I was honored to serve on this panel and share my expertise on Zika along with renowned experts,” said Gonzalez. “Our collective clinical and scientific expertise on Zika will undoubtedly help bring forth new strategies for eradicating the virus and caring for those who are impacted.”

Other panelists included Pedro Fernando da Costa Vasconcelos, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Evandro Chagas Institute, the National Reference Laboratory for Arboviruses and the National Institute for Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers in Ananindeua, Brazil; Stephen Higgs, Ph.D., ASTMH President, Associate Vice President for Research, and Director of the Biosecurity Research Institute at Kansas State University; Anne Schuchat, M.D., Principal Deputy Director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Ann Powers, Ph.D., ASTMH Councilor and Chief of the CDC’s Alphavirus Laboratory in the Division of Vector-Borne Diseases at the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases; Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; and Albert Icksang Ko, M.D., Chair of the Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases at the Yale University School of Public Health.

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