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General Questions:

Phillip K. Peterson,

Department of Medicine, Medical School
Director, International Medical Education and Research Program

Phone: (612) 624-9996



M.D., Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1970

Research Interests

Dr. Peterson's major research interests have been in the area of host defenses and pathogenesis of central nervous system infections. Together with his research colleagues in the Center for Infectious Disease and Microbiology Translational Research, he has been investigating the cellular and molecular mechanisms of defense and damage of the brain caused by a variety of intracellular pathogens.

Selected Recent Publications

  • Gekker G, Hu S, Wentland MP, Bidlack JM, Lokensgard JR, Peterson PK. k-Opioid receptor ligands inhibit cocaine-induced HIV-1 expression in microglial cells. J Pharmacol Exp Ther. 2004;309:600-606.
  • Rock RB, Gekker G, Hu S, Sheng WS, Cheeran M, Lokensgard JR, Peterson PK. Microglia: Evolving concepts of their role in defense and neuropathogenesis of central nervous system infections. Clin Microbiol Rev 2004;17:942-64.
  • Hu S, Sheng WS, Lokensgard JR, Peterson PK. Morphine potentiates HIV-1 gp 120-induced neuronal apoptosis. J Infect Dis. 2005;191:886-889.



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'Wisc-e-sota', a Joint UMN-UW Virology Training Grant Symposium was first held on Friday, Sepbember 20th, 2013 at the Uniiversity of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Cartwright Center. This was the inaugural collaborative symposium of the NIH T32-supported virology training programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Talks and poster sessions were presented by students, postdocs and faculty. The second UMN-UW Virology Training Grant Symposium will be held in the Fall 2014. Details to follow.

The 2014 IMV Symposium will be held on May 12, 2014 and Mark Denison (Vanderbilt) and Bert Semler (UC-Irvine) will be the Keynote Speakers. Click on the link below to register and submit abstracts.

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