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17th Annual Great Plains
Infectious Disease Meeting

November 9 and 10, 2018


Thank you for a great annual meeting!

“Thank You” to everyone who attended the 17th Annual GPID Meeting to make it an amazing success!

We had more than 130 registered for the event with well over 100 attending the Friday evening social event!  Friday’s event featured a special set of presentations on intellectual property and biotech start-ups by Matthew Koenig (KU Center for Technology Commercialization) and Wally Myer (KU School of Business).  The emcee for the session was Julie Nagle (Hafion, LLC).  The provided an opportunity for the younger scientists in the group to gain a little insight into the business side of research.  The mix of industry and academic scientists in the audience made for a lively discussion and sharing of ideas.

Once again, part of the success of the meeting was due to the attendance of a diverse audience, including attendees from higher educational institutions and industry.  The table assignments were designed to provide an opportunity for our younger attendees to meet and interact with folks at all levels of experience and to create possible future collaborations.  The initial feedback has been extremely positive and it looks like we’ll continue with this tradition in future meetings.

We especially want to thank the sponsors and vendors, which are listed on our website, for their financial support and we appreciate their presence at the meeting.  This meeting would not be possible without the generosity of our academic and industry partners!

As with the past few years, the Friday welcome reception and dinner festivities were made special by Subarna Bhattachan’s delicious menu and the selection of beverages we were from a local Lawrence favorite - City Wine Market (locations at 9th & New Hampshire and 6th & Wakarusa).  Steve and Jamie are wonderful to work with and always provide crowd favorites!

Once again, we were grateful to be able to use the School of Pharmacy building all day Saturday as our venue for the scientific talks and poster session.  Many thanks to Dean Audus for allowing us access and for his financial support.  All of the speakers gave wonderful and thought provoking presentations in what may be the best venue in the state. We also had a great poster session with a record number of posters (47) presented by scientists at all levels.

We thank the Union for great food on Saturday and also want to give special thanks to Nicole Suchy and Colby Qualls for their IT support and to Nicole Suchy, André Faucher, Linda Carlyle and (especially) Susan Wakefield for their coordination of logistics and materials for the meeting.  We also thank Jeff Bose and Mary Markiewicz (KU Medical Center) for putting together this year’s Saturday Program. We look forward to our guest program coordinators for next year from Oklahoma State University.

We are pleased to announce that the 18th Annual GPID Meeting will take place at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine on November 1-2, 2019!  PLEASE SAVE THE DATE ! 

We look forward to seeing all of you again next year!


This meeting is free to attend as a result of the generosity of our partners:

  • Industrial: BioNexus KC, Ceva Biomune, Elemental Enzymes, GE , KanPro, MidSci, Phoreus Biotech, Veterinary & Biomedical Research Center, Inc.
  • Academic: Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biosciences, Kansas State University; Kansas State University-Olathe; Bioscience and Technology Business Center, Center for Biomedical Research Excellence in Chemical Biology of Infectious Disease, Center for Technology Commercialization, Department of Molecular Biosciences, Departments of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Higuchi Biosciences Center, Kansas Vaccine Institute, and School of Pharmacy, University of Kansas; Department of Microbiology, Molecular Genetics and Immunology, KU Medical Center; Department of Veterinary Pathobiology and Laboratory for Infectious Disease Research, University of Missouri.

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