New conference: Impact of Environmental Changes on Infectious Diseases (#IECID2015)
Multidisciplinary conference will explore how environmental changes are affecting dynamics of infectious diseases worldwide
By Dale Seaton, PhD, Paul-André Genest, PhD, and Lynn Sherrer, PhD Posted on 12 June 2014
Environmental changes can affect the distribution and prevalence of infectious diseases by making conditions more (or less) conducive for the survival of pathogens and their vectors and by prompting mass movement of human and animal populations. These changes can include loss of biodiversity and habitat, increasing temperature, rising sea levels, and climatic instability leading to longer and more severe periods of drought or rainfall.
How to participate
To submit an abstract
The conference is accepting abstract submissions for oral and poster presentations. The deadline is Friday, October 3, 2014. To submit an abstract, visit the conference website: www.iecid2015.com.
With the "early bird" rates, academics and industry members can receive €100 off if they register by December 5. Register here.
Sponsorship and commercial options are also available.
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To address the challenges raised by ongoing environmental variations and their impact on infectious diseases, Elsevier in partnership with Cell Press and The Lancet will host the inaugural international conference on the Impact of Environmental Changes on Infectious Diseases (IECID2015) from March 23 to 25, 2015, in Sitges, Spain. This new conference provides a unique opportunity to bring together researchers from the wide range of disciplines relevant to this increasingly important topic.
Leading scientists from around the world have come together to organize the scientific program. The major themes that will be discussed include:
- The effects of climate changes, globalization, urbanization and habitat loss on infectious disease patterns in human and animal populations.
- Socio-demographic and economic factors influencing populations and their impact on the distribution and prevalence of infectious diseases.
- Policies and mechanisms of intervention to prevent or reduce the spread of infectious diseases related to alternations of the environment.
- Future prospects for tackling emerging and neglected diseases.
Environmental changes and infectious diseases
There are many ways environmental changes are influencing the occurrence and range of infectious diseases in humans and animals. For instance, climate changes, including significant warming, have increased the frequency and severity of extreme weather events, and changes in the hydrological cycle are leading to widespread biotic and abiotic variations across the globe. The ever increasing urbanization of human populations is creating strain on food production and tremendous burdens on health provision with subsequent socioeconomic consequences.
The resulting modifications of community structures, ecosystem dynamics, host vulnerability, and the ecology of infectious diseases are changing in complex and sometimes unanticipated ways, including the emergence of new infectious diseases and zoonoses (diseases transmitted between species).
During the conference, participants will explore issues such as:
- The impact of current and predicted environmental changes on infectious disease dynamics in people, wildlife and livestock across the globe.
- Similarities and differences among different pathogen taxa and geographic regions.
- Predictive models to provide strategic public health responses to changing environments.
- Threats to biodiversity caused by an increased prevalence of infectious diseases in populations at risk through habitat loss and shifts in predator-prey dynamics.
The event will provide a forum for leading scientists from varied disciplines to discuss and generate new insights into the ecology, health impacts, prevention and mitigation of infectious diseases in a rapidly changing environment.
The Conference Committee
- Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, DPhil, Climate Change and Health Team Leader, World Health Organization (WHO), Switzerland
- Simon Hay, DPhil, Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
- Susan Kutz, DVM, PhD, Associate Professor of Ecosystem and Public Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary, Canada
- Sonia Altizer, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Georgia, USA
- Colin Butler, PhD, Professor, Faculty of Health, University of Canberra, Australia
- Jan Semenza, PhD, MPH, Head of Health Determinants Programme, European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Sweden
- Hongjie Yu, MD, MPH, Director, Division for Infectious Diseases, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, China
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He holds a BSc degree in Zoology and a PhD in Veterinary Parasitology, both from Edinburgh University. He held post-doc positions at La Trobe University and Melbourne University in Australia.[divider]
Dr. Paul-André Genest has been working at Elsevier for the past two years as Managing Editor for two recently launched open access journals: the International Journal for Parasitology: Drugs and Drug Resistance and the International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife. During that period, he has concomitantly been the Managing Editor for the Malaria Nexus web portal. He was recently appointed to the role of Associate Publisher and will manage and develop a portfolio of journals in Life Sciences.
Dr. Genest has a BSc degree in Biology and an MSc degree in Microbiology-Immunology from the Université Laval in Québec City, Canada, and a PhD in Molecular Parasitology from the University of Amsterdam. He held two postdoc research positions at the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam prior to joining Elsevier.[divider]
Dr. Lynn Sherrer is the Editor of the Cell Press reviews journal Trends in Parasitology. Dr. Sherrer obtained her BS in Microbiology from the University of Georgia, and a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Prior to joining Cell Press in 2010, she spent six years as a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University.