TPR’s Think Health Science Series: Preparing for Zika in Texas



6:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 25


Pestana Lecture Hall, Long campus


Texas Public Radio will host this event to discuss a possible outbreak of the virus in Texas, including precautions and ramifications for family planning. TPR’s biomedical sciences reporter Wendy Rigby will moderate a panel consisting of Health Science Center faculty members Patrick Ramsey, M.D., M.S.P.H., and Jason Bowling, M.D., and Anil Mangla, M.D., from San Antonio Metropolitan Health District.

Patrick Ramsey, M.D.
Patrick Ramsey, M.D.

Dr. Ramsey will discuss the impact on pregnant women and babies, screening/monitoring and maternal health care, and safety of mosquito repellents in pregnancy. He is an active member of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Infectious Disease Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology, among others. As an active researcher and educator, he has received numerous awards and accolades and published over 80 peer-reviewed papers in major journals. His work has been featured by local and regional media outlets, including recently on TPR’s The Source on maternal mortality rates. His research interests are clinical trials, prevention of preterm birth, labor management, and management of medical complications of pregnancy.

Jason Bowling, M.D.
Jason Bowling, M.D.

Dr. Bowling will discuss the history, transmission, clinical symptoms, diagnosis and prevention of Zika. He is an infectious disease specialist seeing patients at UT Medicine. He joined the Division of Infectious Diseases faculty in 2010. Since joining, he has maintained an active role as a clinician. He rotates as the attending faculty physician on the inpatient infectious diseases consult service, the inpatient HIV medicine ward team, and the Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy Clinic for which he is also the medical director.

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