HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Employing ecology to predict and manage emerging infectious diseases

This week, over 80 distinguished scientists from around the world convened at the Institute of Ecosystem Studies (IES) to participate in a conference on infectious disease ecology. From West Nile Virus and Ebola to Sudden Oak Death, emerging infectious diseases threaten human health, wildlife, livestock, agriculture, and forests. Once established, infectious diseases are economic and ecological burdens that can cause, in some cases, irreversible damage.

Understanding, and ultimately preventing, emerging infectious disease depends on increased dialogue among professionals on the frontlines. The 3-day conference at the Institute provided a much-needed cross discipline forum for ecologists, medical doctors, veterinarians, and epidemiologists. Participant Dr. Sarah Randolph of Oxford University comments, "The conference facilitated invaluable conversation and collaboration among a diverse pool of scientists that share questions of common interest."

An underlying theme throughout the conference was the need to incorporate ecological methods into traditional epidemiological studies. Participant Dr. Andy Dobson, an ecologist at Princeton University, noted, "When trying to unravel the infectious diseases of plants and animals, the macroscope of ecologists can provide just as much information as the microscope of microbiologists, veterinarians, and physicians. Infectious diseases exist within an ecological context."

Traditionally, infectious disease has been viewed as a problem that is best addressed through the use of vaccines or drugs. The diverse group of experts attending the conference explored the role of disease within a big-picture framework- considering the ecological context in which disease epidemics arise, and the consequences of disease in ecological systems. One of the main topics discussed at the conference was how ecological systems influence disease dynamics.

Consider Lyme disease. The pathogen that t
'"/>

Contact: Lori Quillen
quillenl@ecostudies.org
845-677-7600 x321
Institute of Ecosystem Studies
7-May-2005


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Multinational research: protecting ecology means understanding people, too
2. Prehistoric remains reveal a drastic shift in northern fur seal ecology
3. The Institute of Ecosystem Studies to host an international conference on ecology and urban design
4. Springer ecology book wins award for excellence
5. Test finds manufactured nanoparticles dont harm soil ecology
6. Discovery of new cave millipedes casts light on Arizona cave ecology
7. Pendulums, predators and prey: The ecology of coupled oscillations
8. Different strategies underlie the ecology of microbial invasions
9. UCR-led research team receives $5 million grant to study interaction of ecology and evolution
10. On the track of tiny larvae, a new model elucidates connections in marine ecology
11. Amphibian declines, disease ecology, biodiversity are highlighted at conference

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/2/2016)...   The Weather Company , an IBM Business (NYSE: ... capability in which consumers will be able to interact with ... via voice or text and receive relevant information about the ... Marketers have long sought an advertising solution that can create ... relevant and valuable; and can scale across millions of interactions ...
(Date:6/1/2016)... YORK , June 1, 2016 ... Technology in Election Administration and Criminal Identification to Boost ... to a recently released TechSci Research report, " Global ... By Region, Competition Forecast and Opportunities, 2011 - 2021", ... 24.8 billion by 2021, on account of growing security ...
(Date:5/20/2016)... 2016  VoiceIt is excited to announce its ... By working together, VoiceIt and VoicePass will ... VoicePass take slightly different approaches to voice biometrics, ... and usability. ... partnership. "This marketing and technology partnership ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:6/27/2016)... , June 27, 2016  Global demand ... 4.6 percent through 2020 to $7.2 billion.  This ... and beverages, cleaning products, biofuel production, animal feed, ... biotechnology, diagnostics, and biocatalysts). Food and beverages will ... driven by increasing consumption of products containing enzymes ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... 27, 2016 , ... Cancer experts from Austria, Hungary, Switzerland, ... a new and helpful biomarker for malignant pleural mesothelioma. Surviving Mesothelioma has just ... now. , Biomarkers are components in the blood, tissue or body fluids ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... Rolf K. ... the faculty of the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School ... entrepreneurship at UNC Kenan-Flagler, with a focus on the school’s international efforts, leading ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... TOKYO , June 24, 2016  Regular discussions on ... to take place between the two entities said Poloz. ... in Ottawa , he pointed to the ... and the federal government. ... Poloz said, "Both institutions have common economic goals, why not ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: