Thank you for a great conference!
We would like to thank everyone for participating in the 18th Annual Great Plains Infectious Disease Conference. Our attendees, presenters, volunteers, and sponsors helped make this year another success! We had over 105 guests attending GPID throughout the two-day event. This year’s program and information will remain available online and we will be posting photos from the conference in the coming weeks.
We want to give a huge THANK YOU to our sponsors for their generous donations that make possible free registration for all who want to attend GPID. Without their support, this meeting would not be possible. All of our GPID 2019 sponsors and links to their websites (if available) are below.
The GPID 2019 Committee
Jeff, Deb, & Krista
GPID 2019 Recap
Marshall E. Bloom, M.D.
Chief, Biology of Vector-Borne Viruses Section
Associate Director for Science Management
NIH/NIAID Rocky Mountain Laboratory
Dr. Bloom received his M.D. in 1971 from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO, and then joined the Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) of NIAID in 1972 as a research associate. From 1975 to 1977, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the NIAID Laboratory of the Biology of Viruses on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD. He returned to RML as a tenured investigator in 1977and was a charter member of the Laboratory of Persistent Viral Diseases. He is a world expert in the molecular biology and pathogenesis of parvoviruses and is considered an authority in biocontainment. In 2004, Dr. Bloom’s research group changed its focus to the biology of tickborne flaviviruses. In 2002, Dr. Bloom was appointed associate director for RML in NIAID’s Division of Intramural Research, and among his accomplishments have been the permitting, construction, and staffing of NIAID’s first biosafety level-4 facility. In 2008, Dr. Bloom was named associate director for science management for RML in NIAID’s Division of Intramural Research. He has also served as acting chief of the NIAID Laboratory of Virology and Laboratory of Human Bacterial Pathogenesis.
David R. Franz, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Former Commander, U.S. Army
Medical Research and Materiel Command
Dr. Franz received his D.V.M. in 1970 from Kansas State University, where he currently has an adjunct professorship, and his Ph.D. in Physiology in 1980 from Baylor College of Medicine. He served in the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command during his 27 years on active duty and served as Commander of the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID). He was Chief Inspector on three United Nations Special Commission biological warfare inspection missions to Iraq and served as technical advisor on long-term monitoring. He also served as a member of the first two U.S.-U.K. teams that visited Russia in support of the Trilateral Joint Statement on Biological Weapons and as a member of the Trilateral Experts’ Committee for biological weapons negotiations. Dr. Franz was technical editor for the Textbook of Military Medicine on Medical Aspects of Chemical and Biological Warfare released in 1997. He co-chaired the 2009 NAS report entitled Global Security Engagement: A new model for cooperative threat reduction. The current focus of his activities relates to the role of international engagement in public health and the life sciences as a component of global security policy. He continues to encourage thoughtfulness when regulating research in the name of security, thereby minimizing the negative impact on progress in the life sciences.
Thank You to Our GPID 2019 Sponsors and Hospitality Partners!
K-State College of Veterinary Medicine
KU Chemical Biology of Infectious Disease
KU School of Pharmacy
Midwest Veterinary Services (MVS) / Veterinary & Biomedical Research Center (VBRC)
MU College of Veterinary Medicine, Research and Graduate Studies
MU College of Veterinary Medicine, Laboratory for Infectious Disease Research
MU School of Medicine, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
MU Research Reactor
MU College of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Pathobiology
Truman VA Medical Research Foundation
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Pathology & Immunology
Hampton Inn and Suites Columbia
Vida Coffee Co.