AAPI Announces Dr. Peter J. Hotez as Keynote Speaker for Their 40th Annual Convention


Indo-American doctors, who make up one of the most influential communities in the United States, plan to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Descent at a mega event in Texas.

This year’s event would be addressed by renowned physician Dr. Peter Hotez and Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar.

“We are delighted and honored to have Dr. Peter J. Hotez, an internationally renowned medical researcher in the field of tropical diseases and vaccine development, deliver the keynote address at the 40th Annual Scientific Convention of the American Association of doctors of Indian origin (AAPI). The sessions are scheduled to be held June 23-26, 2022 in beautiful San Antonio, Texas,” said Dr. Anupama Gotimukula, President of AAPI.

The AAPI is the largest ethnic medical organization in the United States, representing the interests of more than 100,000 physicians.

Dr Gotimukula also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to send a video message to the all-important AAPI annual convention from June 23-26 which is likely to be attended by Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya.

The invitation was also sent to Foreign Minister S Jaishankar.

Dr. Rahul Gupta, Director of National Drug Control Policy and the first physician to head the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), will also address the convention. He is the highest-ranking Indian-American in the Biden administration.

“This convention will be our 40th year of AAPI. This is a landmark event,” Gotimukula told PTI.

Noting that the country is still in the midst of COVID-19 and nearing its end, she said they were expecting a large number of delegations in San Antonio, Texas, but all precautions would be taken.

“What we are planning for your convention is mostly about basic topics,” she said, adding that the convention will also focus on yoga and meditation and how the techniques help relieve stress. Lifestyle change is another thing to highlight at the convention.

Gotimukula said Hotez, an internationally renowned medical researcher in the field of tropical diseases and vaccine development, will deliver the keynote address.

Hotez is Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology and Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine, where he is also co-director of the Texas Children’s Center for Vaccine Development (CVD) and the Texas Endowed Chair Children’s Hospital. of tropical pediatrics.

Gotimukula mentioned that millions of doses of a new cheap coronavirus vaccine will be coming soon
available in India, through the efforts and generosity of Dr. Hotez, Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and Professor of Paediatrics, Molecular Virology and Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine.

He and his team of researchers created the new CORBEVAX inoculation, which was developed in Texas with decades-old technology and little support from the US government.

The vaccine received emergency use authorization from India’s medicines regulatory agency last month, Gotimukula noted.

Unlike other vaccines on the market, Dr. Hotez and his team “do not own any intellectual property”. While describing it as the ‘global coronavirus vaccine’, Dr Hotez and colleagues say CORBEVAX is cheap and stable and could be relatively easy to scale – will be key to closing the data gap. global equity. “That’s all we know how to do is make durable, low-cost vaccines for global health,” Hotez said.

Indian batting legend Gavaskar will also speak at the event.

The convention will also celebrate the 75th anniversary of India’s independence through “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”, Gotimukula said, adding that several eminent personalities from India have been invited.

Scheduled to have a limited number of attendees due to the ongoing Covid pandemic and considering the safety of attendees, including doctors, academicians, researchers and medical students, “The annual convention features many presentations academic achievements, recognition of achievements and accomplishments, and professional networking at alumni and evening social events,” added Dr. Gotimukula

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