Event Date: February 4

Presenters: Dr. Marcela Rodriguez, Dr. Sana Waqar, and Dr. Vidhya

Reception 5:30 p.m.; Dinner 6:15 p.m.; Program 7:30 p.m.

Location: Club Room, Hoogland Center for the Arts

All programs are free and open to the public. Dinners require a reservation.

The speakers will review the epidemiology of measles–the scientific study of this disease and how it is found, spread, and controlled in groups of people, in the U.S. and globally. Their discussion will include—

• Data on incidence, prevalence, risk factors, transmission, and global control measures.

• The clinical presentation of measles, from the incubation period to stages of infection, including variants and complications.

• Treatment options and prevention; vaccination strategies and efficacy.

• The history of measles vaccination in the United States, including recent measles outbreaks and how they are tied to resistance to vaccination.

• The historical and cultural aspects of the anti-vaccination movement as it relates to measles.

Dr. Marcela Rodriguez is an Associate Professor in the Department of Infectious Diseases faculty at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Her other roles include Leader of the Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship program at St. John’s Children’s Hospital. Dr. Rodriguez graduated from medical school in Cali, Colombia. She completed a pediatric residency at Southern Illinois University in 2008 and a Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine in 2011. She joined the SIU faculty in the Department of Pediatrics in 2011. In 2016, she completed a Master’s Degree in PublicHealth at University of Illinois, Springfield. Dr. Rodriguez’s academic interest is in antimicrobial stewardship. She has developed multiple antibiotic protocols that are now
used at St John’s Children’s Hospital. She has a passion for teaching medical students and residents.
Dr. Sana Waqar is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine and a member of the Infectious Diseases faculty at the SIU School of Medicine. She graduated medical school from the Aga Khan University, Pakistan in 2008. Dr. Waqar completed her Internal Medicine residency and Infectious Disease fellowship at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. Her other roles include Associate Program Director for the Infectious Disease fellowship and Unit Director for the Hematology, Immunology and Infectious Disease Unit for Second Year medical students. Dr. Waqar has a special interest in medical education, antimicrobial stewardship, infection prevention, and vaccine-preventable diseases.

Dr. Vidhya Prakash is an associate professor in the Department of Medicine and a member of the Infectious Diseases faculty. Her other roles include Vice-Chair for Clinical Affairs and associate program director for the Internal Medicine Residency training program. Dr. Prakash is founder and director of SIU Medicine’s Alliance for Women in Medicine and Science (AWIMS). She graduated from the Ohio State University in 2000 and from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 2004. Through the HPSP (Health Professions Scholarship Program), Dr. Prakash joined the United States Air Force and completed an Internal Medicine residency at the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium (SAUSHEC) in 2007, followed by an Infectious Diseases fellowship training at SAUSHEC in 2009. She joined SIU School of Medicine in 2014. Dr. Prakash has a passion for teaching and topics salient to women in medicine and science.