International infectious disease expert to speak at Centenary

Dr. Lane Rolling

SHREVEPORT, LA — Dr. Lane Rolling, director and head of clinical education for the Tropical Pathology & Infectious Disease Association (TPaIDA), will deliver a lecture entitled, “The Global Impact of Tropical Diseases in the Modern World,” at Centenary College’s Carlile Auditorium (Mickle 114) on Thursday, April 4, at 4:00 p.m. The lecture focuses on the Zika virus and is free and open to the public.

TPaIDA is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Peru that works to educate students in the basic science, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious tropical diseases while providing medical assistance to other countries. The organization offers intensive medical internships and short courses for medical students and also operates an international clinical field medicine biomedical research company. TPaIDA was a major contributor to the development of a Zika IgM Acute assay kit approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration in September 2017.

Rolling founded TPaIDA in June 2004, building on a career in teaching, research, consulting, and private medical practice. He has over 20 years of experience teaching tropical medicine, medical microbiology, medical parasitology, and public health, among other subjects. He also has over 20 years of experience in foot and ankle reconstructive surgery and is an expert in limb salvage and reconstructive surgery in diabetics. Rolling completed his residency and internship in foot and ankle surgery at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, serving in the United States Army for four years active duty and two years reserve.

For nearly a decade, Rolling has conducted research in tropical and infectious diseases in Peru and has worked with native Peruvian shamans to find new drugs. He frequently lectures about tropical pathology and global infectious diseases and share his experiences working in clinical medicine in Peru, Honduras, Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic.

“TPaIDA provides great opportunities to see medicine in a real world setting,” says Dr. Scott Chirhart, chair of the biology department at Centenary. “I hope that some of our students will be interested in learning more about this very unique experience after hearing Dr. Rolling speak.”