Strategies to tackle a neglected fungal disease in Southeast Asia
About the lecture
In this talk, Dr. Le hopes to inspire young global health researchers through the stories of how she builds her research career and develops her research group to reduce the burden of the Southeast Asian fungal infection talaromycosis.
Lunch will be provided. This event is part of Think Global, a weekly lecture series at the Duke Globl Health Institute.
About the speaker
Dr. Thuy Le is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Duke University, an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Hawaii in the US and a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Vietnam. She provides infectious disease consultations for the general and transplant infectious disease services at Duke University Medical Center. She leads a research program to reduce HIV-related morbidity and mortality in Southeast Asia by mitigating HIV drug resistance development and developing novel diagnostics and treatment strategies for a leading opportunistic infection caused by the Southeast Asian fungus Talaromyces marneffei. She led the first randomized controlled trial in talaromycosis treatment demonstrating the superiority of amphotericin B over itraconazole which has redefined international treatment recommendations for this important endemic mycosis and calls for amphotericin to be made widely available in Asia.