Small Animal

WVC 90th Annual Conference

(S23B) Next Generation Vaccines for Lyme Disease

Monday, March 5
9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
MBCC, Mandalay Bay F, Level 2

CE Credits: 1

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Learning Objectives:

Richard T. Marconi

Professor of Medicine
Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center

Dr. Marconi is a Professor in the School of Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Montana where he studied the functional role of ribosomal RNA and its interactions with antibiotics and transfer RNA. He conducted his post-doctoral training at The Roche Institute of Molecular Biology (Nutley, NJ) and the National Institutes of Health, Rocky Mountain Laboratories (Hamilton, MT). At Roche, Dr. Marconi trained under Dr. Herbert Weissbach (National Academy of Sciences) and Dr. Nathan Brot studying bacterial physiology. His research efforts focused on the study of metabolic pathways in Escherichia coli. Dr. Marconi then accepted an Intramural Research Training Award with the NIH to study the pathogenesis of Lyme disease and other spirochetal infections at Rocky Mountain Laboratories. Dr. Marconi has 28 years of experience in the study of pathogenic spirochetes. His current research interests are diverse and include the study of molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis of Lyme disease (Borrelia burgdorferi), tick borne relapsing fever and periodontal disease. A considerable emphasis of research in the Marconi lab is translational and includes projects directed at the development of novel chimeric vaccines and diagnostic assays for Lyme disease and the development of non-invasive, preventative and therapeutic strategies for periodontal disease. His laboratory has demonstrated experience in product development and has developed and patented an innovative “chimeritope” vaccine for Lyme disease. The experimental Lyme disease vaccine, which should initially be available for use in canines, is also being developed as a human vaccine. Dr. Marconi is well recognized for his diverse research accomplishments and has lectured worldwide. Dr. Marconi has an extensive track record of service to the scientific community. He is an editor for the journal Pathogens and Disease and serves on the editorial board of several additional journals. He has served as the President of the Virginia Branch of the American Society for Microbiology, served on numerous public and private advisory boards, and participated in over 120 national and international review panels (including service as a chartered member on the Vaccine for Microbial Diseases, NIH study section). To date he has published more than 93 high impact peer reviewed research articles, book chapters and reviews.


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