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MPE 2013+ Workshop on Global Change and Vector-borne Diseases: Mapping Emerging Infectious Diseases

August 13, 2018 - August 15, 2018

Location:

George Mason University

Fairfax, Research Hall, Room 163

Fairfax, VA

Introduction: Emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) are responsible for a significant burden of morbidity and mortality across the globe, and they directly threaten human health security. Across many parts of the United States, for example, a diversity of potentially debilitating tick-borne infections – anaplasmosis, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, and spotted fever group rickettsial infections – are becoming more common. Mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue fever and chikungunya are also moving into the southern United States. Regional changes in climate, particularly increases in temperature and precipitation, will likely expand the ranges and frequency of these vectors and their pathogens. Likewise, globalized transportation networks may introduce vectors and pathogens into naïve populations. Both processes have the potential to increase the risk of human infections.  Cataloging, understanding, and ultimately predicting the movement of pathogens into naïve suitable environments is a critical step toward understanding current and future public health threats. This workshop will bring together experts including climatologists, epidemiologists, health geographers, and tick and mosquito experts. 
 

Objectives: The proposed workshop will include both scientific presentations and breakout group sessions. The presentations will provide an overview of the current state of understanding for field observations, the use of remotely sensed data (such as vegetation and land use data), temperature and precipitation data and projections – and its availability and reliability, epidemiological data, and spatial modeling. Breakout groups will be tasked with scoping out different vector-pathogen systems with the goal of writing a white paper to identify and characterize the current ranges and habitats of a vector-pathogen system.  These papers will highlight current knowledge gaps and offer insights into next steps towards developing GIS models for these systems to predict future range shifts in light of global change.

 

 

Monday, August 13, 2018

8:15 AM - 8:55 AM

Check In, Breakfast, Coffee, Nametags, etc

9:00 AM - 9:40 AM

Introduction and Overview

Benjamin Cash, Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies, George Mason University

Holly Gaff, Old Dominion University

Sadie Ryan, University of Florida

9:40 AM - 10:00 AM

Environmental Suitability and Infectious Disease Risk

Benjamin Cash, Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies, George Mason University

10:00 AM - 10:20 AM

The Macroecology of Infectious Diseases

Luis Escobar, Virginia Tech

10:20 AM - 10:40 AM
10:40 AM - 11:10 AM

Coffee Break

11:10 AM - 11:30 AM
11:30 AM - 11:50 AM
11:50 AM - 12:10 PM

Unifying Disparate and Siloed Disease Vector Data

Samuel Rund, University of Notre Dame

12:10 PM - 1:20 PM

Lunch

1:20 PM - 1:40 PM
1:40 PM - 2:00 PM
2:00 PM - 2:20 PM

Navigating between Islands of Knowledge in a Sea of Confusion

Fernanda Zermoglio, USAID Adaptation Thought Leadership and Assessments Project (ATLAS)

2:20 PM - 2:40 PM

Modeling the Argasid Tick Life Cycle

Gabriela Hamerlinck, University of Florida

2:40 PM - 3:00 PM
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Coffee Break

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Quick Idea Pitches - Group Discussion

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Dinner

 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

8:15 AM - 8:55 AM

Breakfast, Coffee, Nametags, etc

9:00 AM - 9:20 AM

Introduction of New Group Members, Good Morning Plans, Housekeeping

9:20 AM - 9:40 AM

Rickettsia spp.

Al Richards, Uniformed Services University

9:40 AM - 10:00 AM
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Breakout Groups Time

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Coffee Break

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Breakout Groups Time

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

More Group Time

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Groups Collect Thoughts to Discuss with Everyone Else

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Groups Report Thoughts and Ideas So Far

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Coffee Break

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

More Group Time, Consultant Circulations, as needed

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Anyone who wants to show everyone some related work in another short talk or related thoughts (e.g. more data sources, ideas, etc)

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Dinner

 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

8:15 AM - 8:55 AM

Breakfast, Coffee, Nametags, etc

9:00 AM - 9:20 AM

Overview, and Group Formations

Benjamin Cash, Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies, George Mason University

Holly Gaff, Old Dominion University

Sadie Ryan, University of Florida

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Breakout Groups Time

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Coffee Break

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Breakout Groups Time

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

More Group Time

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Groups Collect Thoughts to Discuss with Everyone Else

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Groups Report Thoughts and Ideas So Far

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Coffee Break

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Wrap Up and Last Thoughts (many people departing)

 

This workshop is part of Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013+. Attendance is by invitation only.  If you would like to participate, please go to Application to attend to fill out an application for participation. Some funds are available to support participants, with emphasis on graduate students, postdocs, and junior faculty. Please go to http://dimacs.rutgers.edu/archive/Workshops/Emerging/applicant.html to fill out an application for financial support. Deadline for Applications for full consideration for participation and financial support: June 8, 2018. Applications will continue to be accepted until all slots are filled.

 

Organizers:
Sadie Ryan
, University of Florida
Benjamin Cash, Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies, George Mason University
Holly Gaff, Old Dominion University
 

Scientific Organizing Committee:
Benjamin A. Cash, Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies, George Mason University: Holly Gaff, Old Dominion University; Shannon LaDeau, Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies; and Sadie Ryan, University of Florida

 

Confirmed Speakers:
Leah R. Johnson (Virginia Tech), Luis E. Escobar (Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University), Sadie Ryan (University of Florida), Alex Perkins (University of Notre Dame), Sam Rund (Ashworth Labs)