Dr. Flor de Maria Muņoz, who is part of the team conducting the H1N1 vaccine trials at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), discusses the virus, that has fast-forwarded flu season this year.
Dr. Muņoz-Rivas, an assistant professor in BCM's Department of Pediatrics/Section of Infectious Diseases and Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology, will provide insight both from a public health perspective and from a scientific and an academic perspective. She was co-investigator of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) study of the protocol for rapid response to novel H1N1 sample collection, and she's currently the site principal investigator for NIH studies of novel H1N1 and H1N2 influenza vaccines in pediatrics. She has also served as principal investigator for studies to improve influenza vaccine coverage in pregnant women.
Dr. Muņoz has an M.D. from Francisco Marroquin University in Guatemala City. Following pediatrics internships at Roosevelt Hospital in Guatemala City and at BCM-affiliated teaching hospitals in Houston, Muņoz did a pediatrics residency and fellowship at BCM.