Health For All Humanity - 2018
October 13, 2018
University Club Atop Symphony Towers
750 B St Suite 3400
San Diego, CA 92101
Thank you to those who joined us on October 13, 2018 at the University Club Atop Symphony Towers for our first annual San Diego Health For All Humanity night, in support of discovery of new treatments and diagnostics for neglected tropical diseases! The night was filled with networking and philanthropy at its finest with emcee Kenny Goldberg leading the crowd through the program.
We were proud to honor Dr. James McKerrow, Ph.D., M.D. the Scientific Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. McKerrow is the Dean of the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at University of California at San Diego and leads a consortium of scientists dedicated to the discovery and development of new drugs for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). This consortium, the Center for Discovery and Innovation in Parasitic Diseases, is a division within the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at UC, San Diego. He has co-authored more than a dozen book chapters, published more than 250 articles and has been a keynote speaker at numerous conferences and symposia. Dr. McKerrow was recognized for his many years dedicated to research of NTDs.
DDTD was established in 2011, stemming from a long-standing desire to tackle diseases that are not adequately addressed. As part of our mission, we are developing easy to use, rapid, inexpensive diagnostics to specifically detect infections associated with loiasis, lymphatic filariasis, and river blindness. We are passionate about serving the needs of the underprivileged within our capacity as scientists. In addition, we believe it is important to increase public awareness of the dire need to improve global health. The community’s resulting civic engagement can make an impact globally and DDTD wants to lead these efforts.
DDTD embraces the idea of eliminating diseases that do not belong in the 21st century. The first step towards eliminating a disease is the ability to detect it. Mapping diseases is critical in order to initiate mass drug administration programs, allocate resources, monitor progress, and eventually verify elimination. DDTD focuses on NTDs, a group of diseases that afflicts 1 in 6 people, or approximately 1.4 billion individuals worldwide. NTDs are severely debilitating, lower cognitive function in children, and hamper economic development. Worldwide, 149 countries and territories are affected by at least one NTD, resulting in approximately 57 million years of life lost due to premature disability.
A Huge THANK YOU to our sponsors for the eveningPRESENTING SPONSOR
Photographer: Nancee Lewis Photography
Entertainment: Thiane Diouf and the L.A. West African Drum & Dance Company