TOPIC: Fighting the World's Leading Infectious Killer: Advances in Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention of TB
SPEAKER: Marcus Horwitz, MD
Dr. Horwitz received his B.A. degree in Physics from Cornell University in 1968 and his M.D. degree from Columbia U. College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1972. Subsequently, he trained in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and served for two years as an Epidemic Intelligence Officer at the CDC. From 1977-1980, he did post-doctoral training in basic laboratory research in the Laboratory of Cellular Physiology and Immunology at The Rockefeller University. From 1980-85, he served on the faculty of The Rockefeller University as an Assistant Professor and Associate Physician. In 1985, he joined the faculty of UCLA as Professor of Medicine and of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics and as Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, a position he held until 1992. Dr. Horwitz is a fellow in the Infectious Diseases Society of America and a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation. His awards include the Oswald Avery (formerly Squibb) Award for Outstanding Research in Infectious Diseases from the Infectious Diseases Society of America and election to Fellowship in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has served as Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the American Leprosy Foundation, on the Tuberculosis Panel of the U.S.-Japan Cooperative Medical Sciences Program, on the Board of Trustees of the Trudeau Institute, as an Advisor to the World Health Organization Global Forum on TB Vaccines Research and Development, and on the Cornell University Life Sciences Advisory Board. He has been on the Editorial Boards of Infection and Immunity and The Journal of Clinical Investigation, a journal for which he has also served as Guest Editor. His research has focused on intracellular parasitism, especially the immunobiology of the etiologic agents of Legionnaires' disease, leprosy, tuberculosis, and tularemia and the development of vaccines and nanotherapeutics against these pathogens. He has also developed drugs against cardiovascular diseases, complications of transplantation, and iron overload. He has 21 issued U.S. patents and numerous accompanying foreign patents on technologies developed in his laboratory.
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