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16th Annual Great Plains
Infectious Disease Meeting

November 10 and 11, 2017



Sweet Sixteen


Sweet Sixteen




Thank you for a great annual meeting!

“Thank You” to everyone who attended the 16th Annual GPID Meeting to make it an amazing success!

We had more than 130 registered for the event with the largest crowd to date attending the Friday evening social event!  Friday’s event featured a special guest from the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), Dr. David DeShazer, who spoke to us about his research on Burkholderia pseudomallei.  Dr. DeShazer is a graduate of the KU Department of Microbiology where he earned his BS in 1989.  This actually overlapped with other attendees at the meeting who were faculty or students in the department at that time.

Once again, part of the success of the meeting was due to the attendance of a diverse audience, including attendees from higher educational institutions, government agencies, industry and even a few AP students from the high school level.  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!

Like last year, the Friday welcome reception and dinner festivities were made special by Subarna Bhattachan’s delicious Nepalese menu and the selection of beverages we were able to enjoy thanks to GE (Kurt Forge), one of our very special sponsors.  If you are in Lawrence, please take a minute to stop by City Wine Market at either 9th & New Hampshire or 6th & Wakarusa.  Steve and Jamie would be happy to supply you with your beverage needs!  If looking for some tasty Latin American, Asian/Nepalese or Contemporary Italian, please try any of Subarna’s three restaurants located on Massachusetts – La Parrilla, Zen Zero or Genovese.

We were also once again pleased to be able to use the School of Pharmacy building all day Saturday as our venue for the scientific talks and poster session. 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 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 and (especially) Susan Wakefield for their coordination of logistics and materials for the meeting.

We are pleased to announce that the 17th Annual GPID Meeting will take place on November 9-10, 2018!  PLEASE SAVE THE DATE !  Also, please let us know if you have ideas on additional vendors who can donate!

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


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

  • Industrial: Ceva Biomune, Elemental Enzymes, Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute (KCALSI), Fisher Scientific, GE, KanPro, MidSci, Streck, Thermo Fisher Scientific Animal Health, Veterinary & Biomedical Research Center, Inc.
  • Academic: Bioscience and Technology Business Center, Center for Biomedical Research Excellence in Chemical Biology of Infectious Disease, Department of Molecular Biosciences, Departments of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Higuchi Biosciences Center, Kansas Vaccine Institute, KU Innovation and Collaboration, and School of Pharmacy, University of Kansas; Kansas State University-Olathe; Department of Microbiology, Molecular Genetics and Immunology KU Medical Center; Laboratory for Infectious Disease Research, University of Missouri.

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